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Re: Monitor process who is eat my entropy


On Fri, Jan 11, 2019 at 10:33:39PM +0300, Reco wrote:
> On Fri, Jan 11, 2019 at 08:28:18PM +0100, basti wrote:
> > is there a way to monitor processes that access /dev/urandom
> auditctl -w /dev/urandom -r
> remove it with
> auditctl -D

Note also that one should not really be concerned with reads from
urandom because this does not deplete the entropy pool, i.e. urandom
is inexhaustible.

/dev/random is the one which blocks, but I should think that reading
directly from either device is now deprecated in favour of system
calls, which are not going to open and read a device file. So
tracing that will not provide what is ultimately wanted, though it
does satisfy the letter of the request.

I think getrandom is supposed to be used these days:


So indeed as you suggest, a different kind of tracing like BPF will
be more appropriate. That's beyond me at that point, though.


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