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RAND_egd(3)                         OpenSSL                        RAND_egd(3)



NAME
       RAND_egd - query entropy gathering daemon

SYNOPSIS
        #include <openssl/rand.h>

        int RAND_egd(const char *path);
        int RAND_egd_bytes(const char *path, int bytes);

        int RAND_query_egd_bytes(const char *path, unsigned char *buf, int bytes);

DESCRIPTION
       RAND_egd() queries the entropy gathering daemon EGD on socket(2,7,n) path.  It
       queries 255 bytes and uses RAND_add(3) to seed the OpenSSL built-in
       PRNG. RAND_egd(path) is a wrapper for RAND_egd_bytes(path, 255);

       RAND_egd_bytes() queries the entropy gathering daemon EGD on socket(2,7,n)
       path.  It queries bytes bytes and uses RAND_add(3) to seed the OpenSSL
       built-in PRNG.  This function is more flexible than RAND_egd().  When
       only one secret key must be generated, it is not necessary to request
       the full amount 255 bytes from the EGD socket. This can be advanta-
       geous, since the amount of entropy that can be retrieved from EGD over
       time(1,2,n) is limited.

       RAND_query_egd_bytes() performs the actual query of the EGD daemon on
       socket(2,7,n) path. If buf is given, bytes bytes are queried and written into
       buf. If buf is NULL, bytes bytes are queried and used to seed the
       OpenSSL built-in PRNG using RAND_add(3).

NOTES
       On systems without /dev/*random(3,4,6) devices providing entropy from the ker-
       nel, the EGD entropy gathering daemon can be used to collect entropy.
       It provides a socket(2,7,n) interface through which entropy can be gathered in(1,8)
       chunks up to 255 bytes. Several chunks can be queried during one con-
       nection.

       EGD is available from http://www.lothar.com/tech/crypto/ ("perl Make-
       file.PL; make; make install" to install). It is run as egd path, where
       path is an absolute path designating a socket. When RAND_egd() is
       called with that path as an argument, it tries to read(2,n,1 builtins) random(3,4,6) bytes
       that EGD has collected. The read(2,n,1 builtins) is performed in(1,8) non-blocking mode.

       Alternatively, the EGD-interface compatible daemon PRNGD can be used.
       It is available from http://www.aet.tu-cottbus.de/perso-
       nen/jaenicke/postfix_tls/prngd.html .  PRNGD does employ an internal
       PRNG itself and can therefore never run out of entropy.

       OpenSSL automatically queries EGD when entropy is requested via
       RAND_bytes() or the status is checked via RAND_status() for the first
       time(1,2,n), if(3,n) the socket(2,7,n) is located at /var/run/egd-pool, /dev/egd-pool or
       /etc/egd-pool.

RETURN VALUE
       RAND_egd() and RAND_egd_bytes() return the number of bytes read(2,n,1 builtins) from
       the daemon on success, and -1 if(3,n) the connection failed or the daemon
       did not return enough data to fully seed the PRNG.

       RAND_query_egd_bytes() returns the number of bytes read(2,n,1 builtins) from the daemon
       on success, and -1 if(3,n) the connection failed. The PRNG state is not con-
       sidered.

SEE ALSO
       rand(1,3)(3), RAND_add(3), RAND_cleanup(3)

HISTORY
       RAND_egd() is available since OpenSSL 0.9.5.

       RAND_egd_bytes() is available since OpenSSL 0.9.6.

       RAND_query_egd_bytes() is available since OpenSSL 0.9.7.

       The automatic query of /var/run/egd-pool et al was added in(1,8) OpenSSL
       0.9.7.



0.9.7d                            2001-02-10                       RAND_egd(3)

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