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From: Morgan Christiansson <morgan.christiansson@...>
Subject: OpenSSH - PRNG initalization failed -- exiting.
Date: Sat Sep 22 17:52:01 2001
# /etc/init.d/sshd start
 * Generating Hostkey...
PRNG initialisation failed -- exiting.
 * Generating DSA-Hostkey...
PRNG initialisation failed -- exiting.
 * Generating RSA-Hostkey...
PRNG initialisation failed -- exiting.
 * Starting sshd...
PRNG initialisation failed -- 
exiting.                                    [ !! ]


# ssh
PRNG initialisation failed -- exiting.

What's wrong?

I'm attaching /etc/ssh/ssh_prng_cmds which should be the source, i'm not 
sure though.
# entropy gathering commands

# Format is: "program-name args" path rate

# The "rate" represents the number of bits of usuable entropy per 
# byte of command output. Be conservative.
#
# $Id: ssh_prng_cmds.in,v 1.6 2001/02/09 01:55:36 djm Exp $

"ls -alni /var/log" /bin/ls 0.02
"ls -alni /var/adm" undef 0.02
"ls -alni /var/mail" undef 0.02
"ls -alni /var/adm/syslog" undef 0.02
"ls -alni /var/spool/mail" undef 0.02
"ls -alni /proc" /bin/ls 0.02
"ls -alni /tmp" /bin/ls 0.02
"ls -alni /var/tmp" /bin/ls 0.02
"ls -alni /usr/tmp" /bin/ls 0.02
"ls -alTi /var/log" undef 0.02
"ls -alTi /var/adm" undef 0.02
"ls -alTi /var/mail" undef 0.02
"ls -alTi /var/adm/syslog" undef 0.02
"ls -alTi /var/spool/mail" undef 0.02
"ls -alTi /proc" undef 0.02
"ls -alTi /tmp" undef 0.02
"ls -alTi /var/tmp" undef 0.02
"ls -alTi /usr/tmp" undef 0.02

"netstat -an" /bin/netstat 0.05
"netstat -in" /bin/netstat 0.05
"netstat -rn" undef 0.02
"netstat -pn" /bin/netstat 0.02
"netstat -s" /bin/netstat 0.02

"arp -a -n" undef 0.02

"ifconfig -a" /sbin/ifconfig 0.02

"ps laxww" undef 0.03
"ps -al" undef 0.03
"ps -efl" undef 0.03

"w" undef 0.05

"who -i" /usr/bin/who 0.01

"last" /bin/last 0.01

"lastlog" /usr/bin/lastlog 0.01

"df" undef 0.01
"df -i" undef 0.01

"vmstat" undef 0.01
"uptime" undef 0.01

"ipcs -a" /usr/bin/ipcs 0.01


"tail -200 /var/log/messages" undef 0.01
"tail -200 /var/log/syslog" undef 0.01
"tail -200 /var/adm/messages" undef 0.01
"tail -200 /var/adm/syslog" undef 0.01
"tail -200 /var/adm/syslog/syslog.log" undef 0.01
"tail -200 /var/log/maillog" undef 0.01
"tail -200 /var/adm/maillog" undef 0.01
"tail -200 /var/adm/syslog/mail.log" undef 0.01

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