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/dev/random and its lack of entropy
A week ago, my colleague encountered a weird bug where a SOAP call via AXIS stopped responding and it kept hanging. Interestingly, this problem never happened on the other box or in windows machine. We dumped the stacktrace and found that SecureRandom implementation of JSSE is the part of the problem. A quick check via google yields something about /dev/random. It seems that Linux Kernel 2.4.X seems to have a problem with /dev/random. After it dumped out a couple hundreds bits, it will just block ......

Posted On Sunday, March 12, 2006 7:38 PM

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