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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 generators.

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Entropy sources used by modern Windows

A comment on a Microsoft blog from 2005 mentions over 150 sources of entropy for the Windows CryptGenRandom function. The majority of sources come from low-level system information (precise stat ...
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using HW random number generator as source of entropy

Currently I am using haveged on my server as source of entropy. My Server is used as KVM hypervisor, to run virtual machines. I did not use haveged at the beginning, and I noticed the VMs were ...
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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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Quantify security strength from entropy and lifetime

Entropy or randomness is a quantitative measure of security strength for various types of passcodes, but in current times with digital technology, breaches, and cracking tools it seems that lifetime ...
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How much entropy does Apple Touch ID sensor read fingerprint has?

Iphone uses by default 6-digit PIN that has an entropy of 19.93 bits When iPhone processes the fingerprint, how much entropy does it have? How long should standard passphrase be until it is as ...
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Digest algorithm for the PRNG in OpenVPN

Considering the following OpenVPN (2.4) option from the manual: --prng alg [nsl] (Advanced) For PRNG (Pseudo-random number generator), use digest algorithm alg (default=sha1), and set nsl (default=16)...
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Entropy in Address Randomization

I am trying to understand the concept behind address randomization (ASLR). I'm reading the related wikipedia article which states: Security is increased by increasing the search space. Thus, ...
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How much entropy is needed for encrypting data locally?

I understand that, when storing data on the cloud or something else that might get leaked to the public, the security margin should be at least 128 bit, 256 bit should be used for data that should ...
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Generating a secret token: security concerns other than min-entropy?

I'm trying to compare two techniques for generating an OAuth 2 PKCE code_verifier. For each character, get a random byte and "mod 66" to map to one of the 66 valid characters. For each ...
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Are weak entropy sources worth it?

I maintain an operating system that can be deployed to embedded devices with highly diverse capabilities. One of the aspects of porting the OS to a device is declaring the available entropy sources (...