cat /dev/urandom

Matt Juszczak matt at
Tue Jul 26 22:32:34 GMT 2005

Hi all,

Quick question.

shell# cat /dev/urandom

can that executed as root cause any harm to the system?  What if a random 
sequence of `rm *` was generated... would it be executed?

I tried that to fix my terminal and forgot it might cause damage as root, 
even if its just being cat'd to the screen.  I thought I saw some files 
fly by which would indicate an execution of `ls`....

Just curious....



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