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July 08, 2017, 03:21:10 AM
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I just thought it would be great to maybe have the option to supply the private key to armory for seeding armory wallet.  It would be nice to generate a new wallet outside of armory.
Say, roll dice / use cards to make a private key if one is not confident with csprng.  Armory would take this private key and use it as a seed for the deterministic wallet.

I understand there is a manual entropy feature when generating a wallet in Armory.  Is this equivalent in true randomness(not pseudo random like all computer rng are) when used?

Any thoughts on this feature?
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July 08, 2017, 12:23:36 PM
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This topic has been discussed a dozen times on this forum, search for it. The manual entropy GUI is based on card shuffling. It is XOR'ed with a PRNG pull and is there for people who mistrust their PRNG. This is mostly for people who create wallets on Windows, as the system call is closed source.

As far as doubting your machine's entropy, Armory uses several sources to begin with.

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July 08, 2017, 06:35:48 PM
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I checked out the manual entry based on cards.  The box grid 4x13 are not labeled.  Although, easy to figure out: [Ace, 2-10, J, Q] x [spade, heart, diamond, clubs] I didnt see labels.  I do agree with you it is hard to trust windows PRNG for the super paranoid.  Great feature for the added entropy.  XORing will truly randomize the PRNG like a one time pad.

I think it is prudent to add this entropy if creating wallets for serious use.

thanks for the reply and keep up the great work.  I love armory wallet.
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