Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 853717
genkey doesn't have option to use /dev/random; dog slow
Last modified: 2014-01-29 12:01:28 EST
Description of problem:
genkey uses the truerand library unconditionally to generate private keys.
Todays's CPUs contain hardware random number generators; many of us also use (e.g. USB dongles) to generate high-quality random numbers quickly.
genkey needs an option to use /dev/random (or /dev/hw_random) instead of truerand.
Also, note that the man page says "genkey generates random data for the private key using the truerand library and also by prompting the user for entry of
random text." I've never seen genkey prompt for random text.
While in the code, a --version qualifier would also be a good idea.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
crypto-utils.x86_64 2.4.1-34.fc17 @anaconda-0
Simply use genkey (e.g. genkey foo)
Steps to Reproduce:
1. genkey localhost
2. select a key size
3. wait ... and wait ... and wait...
Note on a system with a USB dongle [EntropyKey]:
Yet a 2048 bit key takes minutes to generate.
Keys take minutes to generate on an unloaded system with hardware random generator.
Keys should be generated instantly (when entropy is available and /dev/random is specified as source)
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