Question on hostapd random pool

Ann Lo at
Sat Jun 11 09:12:34 PDT 2016

Thank you very much for your information.

On Sat, Jun 11, 2016 at 2:18 AM, Jouni Malinen <j at> wrote:
> On Wed, Jun 08, 2016 at 05:20:58PM -0700, Ann Lo wrote:
>> Would you provide advice on the following messages from hostapd on
>> Linux? Do they imply that there will be problems with generating AES
>> keys? Does hostapd generate CCMP IV?
>> 1) random: Not enough entropy pool available for secure operations.
>> 2) WPA: Not enough entropy in random pool for secure operation -
>> update keys later when the first station connects.
> These are indications of the device not having sufficient amount of good
> quality entropy available for generating secure random numbers. hostapd
> tries to work around this by delaying certain operations related to
> generating keys.
> hostapd is not involved in actual CCMP processing of the Data frames,
> i.e., that part is somewhere in the kernel or Wi-Fi firmware/hardware.
> --
> Jouni Malinen                                            PGP id EFC895FA

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