Re: gpg /netstat problems

From: Warren Belfer (
Date: 05/07/02

Date: Tue, 7 May 2002 10:32:57 -0700 (PDT)
From: Warren Belfer <>

Well I don't know for sure, since I don't use GPG, but:

I would guess that it is running these commands to generate entropy.
Perhaps it is configurable in a config file. The best solution is probably
to install /dev/random and /dev/urandom

It is available from Sun for Solaris 8 as patch 112438-01

For other versions of Solaris you may have to go to a third party /dev/random

With /dev/random installed, applications should use it instead of
running commands to generate random output. (makes it faster too)



>I noticed GnuPG wasn't working properly recently - it was hanging while
>trying to encrypt a file or when generating a new key. Ran truss on it
>and found that it forks a separate process which turned out to be:
>netstat -p -f inet
>and it was hanging because it couldn't resolve the addresses, however
>that aside...
>... anyone know why it needs to do this and whether or not this can be
>disabled? Could it potentially be a security risk? (FYI it was the
>packaged version for Solaris 8 from Sunfreeware).
>Rick Cross.

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