What is an entropy pool used for?

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Christopher Nerney
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An entropy pool is part of a security system designed to protect a computer from malicious attackers. From Wikipedia:

 

"With sufficient care, a system can be designed that produces cryptographically secure random numbers from the sources of randomness available in a modern computer. The basic design is to maintain an "entropy pool" of random bits that are assumed to be unknown to an attacker. New randomness is added whenever available (for example, when the user hits a key) and an estimate of the number of bits in the pool that cannot be known to an attacker is kept."

 

If an entropy pool isn't full, according to this site, programs that need entropy "just 'hang' and wait for more to be created. That's apparently what Seeder is designed to avoid.

 

 

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