Does openssl generate lower-quality less-random keys than genkey?

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  • The openssl command is much faster at generating keys than genkey and openssl doesn't say anything about entering keystrokes to increase the randomness like genkey does.

  • Are openssl-generated keys lower-quality or less-random keys generated by genkey?


  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7
  • genkey from crypto-utils rpm
  • openssl from openssl rpm

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