bind (ticket #2409)

Bruce Dubbs bruce.dubbs at
Mon Dec 17 10:12:34 PST 2007

On Dec 17, 2007 11:43 AM, Christian Wurst <christian.wurst at> wrote:
> Hi all,
> I'm working on a patch adressing the chmod command in the current bind
> installation instructions (ticket #2409). So far I removed the outer
> curly brackets, which solves the "no such file or directory" error
> reported by Moody.
> He also suggests in the ticket to use /dev/urandom in the rndc-confgen
> statement. After reading the urandom man page I'm not sure if this is
> a good idea. As far as I understand it this is only an issue if
> /dev/random runs out of entropy. I have no idea how likely this is to
> happen, even without the random init script from the book which helps
> here, as far as I understand it. The man page also states that
> /dev/urandom might be vulnerable to cryptography attacks.
> I would like to submit a patch which adresses both, but I need help
> with the urandom suggestion. Any thoughts about this, i.e. shall we
> use urandom or leave it like it is and use random?

Have you checked how distros like Ubuntu and Fedora do it?
  -- Bruce

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