[openssl-project] Entropy seeding the DRBG

Kurt Roeckx kurt at roeckx.be
Mon Apr 23 19:45:32 UTC 2018

On Sat, Apr 07, 2018 at 04:58:06PM +0200, Richard Levitte wrote:
> In the mean time, I've spent a few days going through the docs on all
> kinds of data that you can get out from the VMS kernel, most notably
> through a system service called sys$getrmi()...  there's a gazillion
> data points, a treasure trove for anyone that's into statistics.  And
> I intend to spend some time trying to estimate what kind of entropy I
> can get out of them...
> ... and that's where Kurt came in:
> > Can I suggest you try something like
> > https://github.com/usnistgov/SP800-90B_EntropyAssessment to at least
> > get an idea? You would need to sample 1 variable and feed that into
> > it.
> And yeah, sure, especially if all it takes is to produce a stream of
> bits from a source and feed that to the assessment program.  As long
> as I don't have to port a C++11 program to VMS, 'cause unfortunately,
> the existing C++ compiler hasn't had a real update for quite a while
> :-/ (I'm sure that VSI is quite busy updating all they can, but they
> haven't let anything out yet)
> But either way, creating a better entropy gatherer is the longer term
> goal.  I hope I get that part done before the release.

Any update on this?


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