Re: gpg /netstat problems

From: Cade Cairns (cairnsc@securityfocus.com)
Date: 05/07/02


Date: Tue, 7 May 2002 12:07:11 -0600 (MDT)
From: Cade Cairns <cairnsc@securityfocus.com>
To: Richard Cross <richard.cross@freeserve.com>

I would imagine that it is using it as a source of entropy when seeding
the random number generator. You probably don't want to disable it.

Cade Cairns
SecurityFocus
http://www.securityfocus.com/

On 2 May 2002, Richard Cross wrote:

> 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.
>