[erlang-questions] strange crypto error in R16B03

Andreas Schultz aschultz@REDACTED
Wed Apr 23 09:15:28 CEST 2014


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> Hi all,
> We are running R16B03 nodes (SuSE10SP1 maintained by our cloud vendor) which
> uses ibrowse to initiate https requests to remote services. We restart the
> nodes every week and they worked fine until recently.
> Ever since the last 2 restarts we have been experiencing a number of failures
> on our servers, logs show the error is caused by crypto:generate_key/3 (dh)
> returning a single atom 'error'.
> We observe the error may start to show up at arbitrary points in time, and
> once it starts to fail, all subsequent calls to crypto:generate_key/3 on
> that node returns 'error'. The only solution we found is to restart the
> node, on some occasions more than once.
> I'm not familiar when the details of crypto, and counldn't find any
> solution/explanation for this error after some googling. Can anyone shed
> some light on how to deal with this problem?

Off the top my head I would say your box has exhausted /dev/random. Check
/proc/sys/kernel/random/entropy_avail for the amount available. OpenSSL
has an internal entropy pool, but reseeds it from /dev/random from time
to time. If it can't do that, it might fail in the way you see.


> PS the OpenSSL version installed is: 0.9.8a
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