Is getting 1-2 outputs from a CSPRNG to seed another CSPRNG less entropy than getting say 5000 outputs from a CSPRNG and using that to seed?

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I want to create more entropy from a viable entropy source to seed another CSPRNG.
If I use


To seed a CSPRNG, is that less entropy than if I used:


To seed the CSPRNG?
What I mean is if I derive 65536 bits from a CSPRNG, does that generate more entropy than if I just derived 1-2 bits from that CSPRNG?

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Yes, more is more. Your terms are a bit off, as you can’t generate entropy, and a Uint8 has 8 bits, but your basic assumption is correct. A larger seed will, in theory, produce less predictable results.

In practicals terms, you would need to watch out that your input seed to the CSPRNG accepts the format you generate. For numbers, this is often limited to 32 or 64 bits. If care is not taken in the conversion from 8 bits, you can easily lose entropy. The way around that is to use a modern CSPRNG like fortuna that cannot be over-seeded and is very forgiving about input format.

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