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[liberationtech] USB Block Erupters as RNG sources?

coderman coderman at
Thu Oct 3 03:08:18 PDT 2013

On Thu, Oct 3, 2013 at 2:43 AM, d.nix <d.nix at> wrote:
> ...
> Curious; anyone know much about what these inexpensive (comparatively,
> price seems steadily falling) ASIC Block Erupter USB Bitcoin miners
> can be adapted to doing? Could they be repurposed as RNG sources?

at best you *might* be able twist it into a DRBG that would still need
to be seeded (and regularly reseeded) with robust entropy.

these ASICs really are single purpose; they're useless for anything else.

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