In computing, entropy is the randomness collected by an operating system or application for use in cryptography or other uses that require random data. This randomness is often collected from hardware sources, either pre-existing ones such as mouse movements or specially provided randomness ...

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VM production server and low entropy

I'm monitoring a VM functioning as our production server. I noticed it has at many times, quite low entropy (/proc/sys/kernel/random/entropy_avail). On average our server(which among other stuff does ...
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Has human-generated entropy ever been a real problem? [migrated]

I know the topic of human brains generating random numbers has been discussed here and in Cognitive Sciences before, but I am interested in a particular part of it: In an introductory book to ...
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Linux kernel entropy - does it matter to /dev/urandom and what is a minimum?

This question had been asked several times, but still something's not clearly understood from other answers I have a few servers running with a custom built linux kernel (minimal driver modules etc), ...
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Evaluating the Entropy of the PRNG in OpenSSL

I've have a question on the PRNG in OpenSSL. I would like to understand how do you evaluate the diversity/entropy of the PRNG used in the OpenSSL (Cryptographic Library). If this is the wrong ...
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Why does the user pick the password?

Almost every web service I can imagine has the user pick the password. Why is this? Couldn't the system choose a better password? It doesn't have to be some complicated mess; see ...
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What is the most efficient password scheme in terms of entropy per convenience [closed]

Although the main points are right, but now six words are needed, which is both inconvenient to remember, and inconvenient to type. My question is, has then been any case studies on the most ...
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Password strength metrics

In the question Source code as password I suggested using a combination of entropy and as @Lawtonfogle put it 'meatspace difficulty'. As suggested in the xkcd comic correct staple horse battery is a ...
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Random padding in hash functions

In this answer, it was recommended that you add random padding when hashing messages for a trusted timestamp, such as for predictions, in order to avoid dictionary and brute force attacks (at least ...
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How to keep a reasonable level of entropy in an encrypted file?

Encrypted (or random) data, by nature exhibit a high entropy value and non unencrypted data will exhibit a low entropy value. From an attacker point of view the precense of this high entropy value in ...
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is it feasible to improve the entropy of XKCD #936 by using a larger dictionary?

XKCD #936 uses a limited subset of the English language, only 2000 words. I just looked it up, and the English language has over a million words, a sizeable subset of those having special characters, ...
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Soundness of GRC.com Haystack padding concept [duplicate]

I was wondering how sound is the concept presented by the Gibson Research Corporation (see below if you do not want to follow the link) about simple passwords (= very easy to remember) with the ...
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How secure is a MD5 hash of an 128bit key

Apparently, for the Android KeyChain an encrypted master key is stored along the MD5 hash of the unencrypted Key. How secure is that? MD5 is known to have collisions, but I guess we can assume with an ...
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Where does /dev/random get its entropy?

I read over and over about how /dev/random gets its entropy from "hardware events." What exactly are these hardware events and how can we be sure that it is random enough?
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One liner to create passwords in linux?

How do you create a readable password using bash with one line? What if i'm looking for 128 bits of entropy? EDIT By readable I mean the 94 printable ascii characters (without space). It can use ...
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How negative are virtual machines (vms) to /dev/urandom?

I looked at the questions here and here. This then piqued my interest as I've recently been involved with looking into FIPS compliance, and in my vm environment /dev/urandom compliance testing ...
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Add a file as entropy source for /dev/random

What I have: A large file containing lots of secret, true-random bytes (yes, I'm sure they're not merely pseudo-random). I'll call it F. What I want to do: Tell Linux that it can use this file as an ...
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Is an 80 bit password good enough for all practical purposes?

I know that asking how many bits of entropy comprise a strong password is rather like asking the length of a piece of string. But assuming the NSA is not on to you, and that it is hardly worthwhile ...
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Can the human brain generate cryptographically secure random numbers?

A security conscious friend of mine was attempting to generate entropy using random dice rolls to generate a random password, and I became curious about the security of random number generators and ...
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What multiplier to use when calculating the average time to crack passwords with a given entropy?

Suppose that we have a process that generates passwords with entropy E. I'd like to compute the average time it would take for a brute-force attack to crack an MD5-hashed instance of such a password. ...
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Is it really “Time to add a word” if there are no tools to crack passphrases of 3 words and up?

It's "time to add a word" says Arnold Reinhold, the creator of Diceware, in his blog (3/2014). He advices to use 6 word sentences (or 5 words with one extra character chosen and placed at random) from ...
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Usefulness of bcrypt(UUIDv4())

One of my colleagues is working on securing OAuth 2 client IDs and secrets for our OAuth server and he has come up with this scheme where he would not only use UUID v4 to generate random values, but ...
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How can a passphrase with 256 bits of entropy practically be constructed & memorized?

Quoting Wikipedia: A password with, say, 42 bits of strength calculated in this way would be as strong as a string of 42 bits chosen randomly[.] Assuming that interpretation is correct, combined ...
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How many bits of entropy does an identifier contain?

According to https://www.owasp.org/index.php/Insufficient_Session-ID_Length: Assuming that the session identifiers are being generated using a good source of random numbers, we will estimate the ...
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Reliable random seed for RNG

I want to create my computer passwords with a RNG, but I am thinking about one thing: I would use python to write that script and the RNG is controlled by one seed, most likely the time. If I would ...
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Minimum SHA256'd UTF8 encoded passphrase length not stored anywhere

For a passphrase that is UTF8 encoded and then SHA256'd, what is the minimum length to achieve a practically collision free result? The implementation is for a 32 byte cryptocurrency ed25519 seed ...
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How many bits of entropy should I aim at for my password? [closed]

I mainly use 2 passwords: 1 is a 4 word full lowercase passphrase of 18 letters long which I use wherever possible. The other is basically 3 words and a digit with the first word in full uppercase and ...
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How much time / “entropy collected” should generating a RSA 2048bit keypair take?

The purpose of my question is get an better idea about reasonable amout of time the generation of the RSA public/private keypair should take? To be less vague let me specify the question and define I ...
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Credit card number entropy?

I want to confirm that this understanding is correct: A card has 16 digits plus a CV2 The first 6 digits are an issuer identification number The last digit of the 16 is a Luhn mod 10 check digit. ...
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How secure is to seed PRNGs with the sequences from CSPRNG?

Background: Implementing online casino, I would like to use a number of PRNGs with high throughput, like MersenneTwisterFast. I know it is not cryptographically strong, but quite unpredictable when ...
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Where does a Hyper-V guest get its entropy when generating a certificate authority key pair?

According to findings by the EFF's SSL observatory, there are "tens of thousands of keys that offer effectively no security due to weak random number generation algorithm." My understanding of that ...
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How strong is this encryption? [closed]

Given Dictionary containing 1000 three-letter words: dictionary=abc,def,ghi,jkl,mno,pqr... Randomly chosen words from the dictionary: 10-bits-passwords=abc,def,ghi Randomly chosen three words from ...
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Why OpenSSL can't use /dev/random directly?

I couldn't find the answer for the reason anywhere, even the wiki page doesn't explain it. This seems like using a PRNG for seeding an another PRNG. The first one (/dev/random) may itself be seeded by ...
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physical access proof smart card for disk encryption [closed]

Current full disk encryption on mobile devices rely on low entropy passwords like PIN numbers or pattern locks. Being able to use a smartcard with such mobile devices is a tempting idea. I know that ...
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How to generate cryptographically strong pseudorandom data very rapidly?

What's the best way to go about generating a fast stream of cryptographically strong pseudorandom data without installing uncommon packages? Drawing from /dev/urandom is far too slow. I had an idea ...
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How can you securely generate keys on AWS?

Our application needs to generate secure keys for long term storage on AWS using openssl. But I've seen some instance where entropy falls dangerously low on AWS machines and this doesn't appear to be ...
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Passphrase generator and strength & recovery time estimator. Right strength and randomness?

Questions about the strength of pass phrases frequently popup, as does: how to generate a strong passphrase? I tried to combine both in a tool. The free tool also includes recovery time estimations ...
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Open-source alternative for CryptGenRandom?

Let's say that for some reason I don't trust CryptGenRandom. Are there any open source software Windows entropy collectors to get cryptographically secure random numbers from for seeding purposes? ...
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Why is /dev/random so slow on Linux? [duplicate]

If it's true you only need about 128 bits of entropy to fuel enough data forever, why is it that /dev/random is so slow? My system has uptime of 214 days! Is it really only gathering .000000001 bits ...
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How can I measure (and increase) entropy on Mac OS X?

I'd like to generate a bunch of keys for long term storage on my MacBook. What's a good way to: measure the amount of entropy and ensure it is sufficient before each key is generated, and ...
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Java SecureRandom doesn't block? How?

I know from experience that reading from /dev/random blocks when the Linux kernel entropy pool runs out of entropy. Also, I've seen many articles and blog entries stating that when running on Linux, ...
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Are there any guidelines for passwords that need to be read out loud?

I recently saw the movie Olympus Has Fallen. Like in many action movies, at the end a missile is launched, and the hero (Mike Banning, played by Gerard Butler) has 60 seconds to recall the launch in ...
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Does adding an extra, non-entropic keyfile lower security? [duplicate]

Suppose I create two TrueCrypt volumes using keyfiles. The first volume uses a keyfile generated by TrueCrypt, whereas the second one uses the same keyfile in addition to a second, non-entropic ...
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Does adding a non-entropic part to a password makes it less secure?

Suppose I'm encrypting a file via AES using a password of my choice, or creating a TrueCrypt volume using a password and no keyfiles. Which of the following two passwords would be more secure: ...
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How do I ensure there is sufficient entropy on an embedded system at first boot?

I'm working on an embedded system that will generate an SSL key the first time the system boots. I would like to avoid the problems discovered by Heninger et al. and Lenstra et al. where embedded ...
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How can I create a secure password?

I know the standard tricks, create a long password, numbers, symbols, capital letters, etc. My questions is how do I judge password security. I heard different tricks to make secure passwords. For ...
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PHP - Serializing user inputs

My entropy gathering system works by serializing user inputs: $entropy=sha1(microtime().$pepper.$_SERVER['REMOTE_ADDR'].$_SERVER['REMOTE_PORT']. ...
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Is it appropriate to use haveged as a source of entropy on virtual machines?

While looking for solutions to entropy pool depletion on virtual machines, I came across an interesting project called haveged, which is based on the HAVEGE algorithm (HArdware Volatile Entropy ...
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Is there additional security value in using passwords with words or phrases in non-English languages?

I was thinking about correct horse battery staple. I am not a native English speaker. In my language, the above could be written as: vqrno kon bateriq telbod OR вярно кон батерия телбод. Keep in ...
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Computing entropy for a passphrase ( minimal word length … )

Edit: 2013-05-17 . 2013-05-27 After reading first answer from Tom Leek and some docs around the web, I've begin to write some options to my tool genpassphrase.pl: $ ./genpassphrase.pl -h Usage: ...
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Is there a length beyond which increasing password length provides no additional security?

Assuming that the password is stored hashed and salted, and that it is a string of random characters, is there a point where adding to password length doesn't add security? Since the hash will have a ...