[rescue] What version of Solaris for V120?

Jerry Kemp sun.mail.list47 at oryx.us
Tue Jul 18 17:28:10 CDT 2017

Phil beat me to the punch on this one, but he is absolutely correct.

Entropy has to come from somewhere, and historically, that has always come from 
/dev/random and /dev/urandom , at least on Unix and Unix-clone type systems.

I'm the first to admit I'm far from being knowledgeable in this area, aside from 
parroting the standard resolutions from over the last decade +.

I'm (personally) only really aware of (2) ssh implementations applicable here, 
the original ssh software that ultimately evolved into the commercial offering 
from www.ssh.com , then the fork, originating from (I believe) 1.2.27, that is 
now OpenSSH generously provided by the kind OpenBSD group.

Most other offerings, such as SunSSH (now depreciated in Solaris 11+), is a fork 
of OpenSSH.

I have seen (in writing) /dev/random implementations that pull entropy from an 
external device, but IMHO, that really is not scaleable, or usable by most 
people like us, i.e. hobbyist on old Sun hardware.

I know I would be interested about alternate implementation from anyone on the list.


On 07/18/17 04:55 PM, Mouse wrote:
>> Certainly this is situational, but the frequent negative I see with
>> Solaris 8 is that is didn't ship with a /dev/random .  Why is that
>> important?  [It's] necessary to get the SSH tools up and running.
>> There are (2) resolutions here, one of which was a (free) 3rd party
>> /dev/random generator.  2nd was a patch from Sun that added
>> /dev/random to Solaris 8.
> Perhaps a 3rd would be an ssh implementation that doesn't depend on
> /dev/random?
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