The generation of random or pseudorandom data, and the use of randomness in security protocols

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Creating secure PIN in Java

I need to create cryptographically secure PIN number in Java using secret id for each user. This simple approach comes to mind: int getPin(String secretUserIdStr) { String pepper = ...
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forensic disk image of randomly disconnecting disk [migrated]

I'm currently aquiring a disk image for data recovery, however the disk is malfunctioning and is randomly disconnecting during the acquisition. I'm using the linux dd utility with conv=noerror,sync ...
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Including and storing the order of character entry in a password as an enhanced security measure

I'm sure I will be quickly corrected if this is a stupid idea, or if it has already been tried. My question is: has this idea been tried before? If not, are there good reasons it would not work, or ...
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License key / Serial number generator and checker

I need a serial number generator and accompanying checker. I would like to be able to set a salt (and maybe a length). The generator should only produce serial numbers that pass the test of the ...
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Key's random art image is mostly black

I have generated an SSH key on Ubuntu 10.04 with ssh-keygen -t rsa -C "example@example.com" and the key's random art image comes out mostly empty (modified slightly): +--[ RSA 2048]----+ | ...
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Flaw in encryption through pseudorandom number stream (from PGP documentation)

I was reading PGP docs and came upon a part written by Phil Zimmermann (PGP's creator) that piqued my curiosity: When I was in college in the early 70s, I devised what I believed was a brilliant ...
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Java SecureRandom doesn't block? How?

I know from experience that reading from /dev/random blocks when the Linux kernel entropy pool runs out of entropy. Also, I've seen many articles and blog entries stating that when running on Linux, ...
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Where does /dev/random get its entropy?

I read over and over about how /dev/random gets its entropy from "hardware events." What exactly are these hardware events and how can we be sure that it is random enough?
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Is a rand from /dev/urandom secure for a login key?

Lets say I want to create a cookie for a user. Would simply generating a 1024 bit string by using /dev/urandom, and checking if it already exists (looping until I get a unique one) suffice? Or should ...
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One liner to create passwords in linux?

How do you create a readable password using bash with one line? What if i'm looking for 128 bits of entropy? EDIT By readable I mean the 94 printable ascii characters (without space). It can use ...
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2 way encryption of a string into numerical string using random number

I have a random number like 0.323978544752212. I want to encrypt a string using this random number into to numerical string i.e. final string is like ...
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Why is using [x] to generate random keypairs a bad idea?

Anyone who has generated large GPG public/private keypairs has come across this annoying message: "Not enough random bytes available. Please do some other work to give the OS a chance to collect more ...
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Add a file as entropy source for /dev/random

What I have: A large file containing lots of secret, true-random bytes (yes, I'm sure they're not merely pseudo-random). I'll call it F. What I want to do: Tell Linux that it can use this file as an ...
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Feeding /dev/random entropy pool?

Which way of additionally feeding /dev/random entropy pool would you suggest for producing random passwords? Or, is there maybe a better way to locally create fully random passwords?
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Can the human brain generate cryptographically secure random numbers?

A security conscious friend of mine was attempting to generate entropy using random dice rolls to generate a random password, and I became curious about the security of random number generators and ...
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Do DES keys have to be random?

In stream cipher (namely the OTP ) . The pad which the plain text is Xored with has to be random to achieve perfect secrecy , or psudorandom to ensure semantic security Dose this apply to DES or ...
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How does an insecure RNG affect cryptography, and how do I measure the corresponding loss of security?

Suppose a given random number generator has poor entropy, and is compressible by any compression algorithm (zlib, bzip2, lzma, etc). Specifically the issues with this RNG are: Bad entropy Bad seed ...
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Is there something similar to pseudorandom generators but in the opposite direction?

Pseudorandom generators (PRG) are functions that takes a random small input (called the Seed) and maps it into much larger output . However, the mapping process must be unpredictable in order for the ...
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Usefulness of bcrypt(UUIDv4())

One of my colleagues is working on securing OAuth 2 client IDs and secrets for our OAuth server and he has come up with this scheme where he would not only use UUID v4 to generate random values, but ...
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Would it be secure to generate random number using AES?

I know that there are already tools out there to generate cryptographic random number, but I was wondering if using AES could do the same. For example, I have a secret key for AES on my server and a ...
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Steps for creating a test environment where GUIDs are exploitable?

I have been using GUIDs as un-guessable tokens in various situations for some time. I came across this question/answer which seems to suggest that while this is ok in some situations, it should not ...
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How to generate an unpredictable but short string? [closed]

I want to built some short urls for uploaded files and links on my own server. Simple enough, I upload files and my script returns me a link. On access, the link is translated to the file and download ...
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Why CSRF Token has to be a Cryptographically Strong Random number, in Double Submit Cookies method?

I was just going through the OWASP's Cheat Sheet for CSRF Prevention. In the Double Submit Cookies method, I saw this the site should generate a (cryptographically strong) pseudorandom value ...
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What cryptosystem makes the encrypted text look like random noise?

Suppose one wants to setup a cryptographic protocol in which 2 parties communicate using an encryption scheme that produces encrypted messages indistinguishable from random data (the desired property) ...
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MySQL ENCRYPT salt is not random?

I know there's little reason to still use ENCRYPT() nowadays, what with bcrypt being almost ubiquitous and MySQL providing better hashes such as SHA1. But while dabbling with ENCRYPT() on MySQL ...
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Reliable random seed for RNG

I want to create my computer passwords with a RNG, but I am thinking about one thing: I would use python to write that script and the RNG is controlled by one seed, most likely the time. If I would ...
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Correct way to get a number from 0-9 from a random byte?

If I have a good random number generator that gives me a byte of data at a time, and I want to extract a random decimal digit of 0 to 9 from that byte stream, what is the correct way to do that? At ...
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Are random URLs a safe way to protect profile photos?

I would like to move from sequential to random user-ids so I can host profile photos publicly. i.e. example.com/profilepics/asdf-1234-zxcv-7890.jpg How long must user-ids be to keep anyone from ...
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Does RAND_add(&Time,sizeof(Time),0) at each ssl connect reduce randomness or not?

Reviewing openssl 1.0.1g s23_clnt.c code i see that : int ssl23_connect(SSL *s) { BUF_MEM *buf=NULL; unsigned long Time=(unsigned long)time(NULL); void (*cb)(const SSL *ssl,int ...
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How secure is Vigenere cipher for random data?

Traditional situation It is easy to crack a ciphertext encrypted by Vigenere cipher, if you know the plaintext is in a natural language like English. There are two methods to discover the key used to ...
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Why OpenSSL can't use /dev/random directly?

I couldn't find the answer for the reason anywhere, even the wiki page doesn't explain it. This seems like using a PRNG for seeding an another PRNG. The first one (/dev/random) may itself be seeded by ...
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Java SecureRandom generate secure random number

How to generate a secure random number bit length is 256 bits using Java. What is the different between: SecureRandom random = new SecureRandom(); and SecureRandom prng = ...
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Hashing speed with true random passwords

Just a theoretical question: If I had ideal users, who all provide fully random 128-bit passwords, And also, I invalidate every password shorter than 128 bits. Then would I still need a slow hash ...
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SSL Handshake random number?

I realized all of the phase of the handshake but I do not understand how it does that from the two randomly generated numbers are unable to generate a session key that the client and the server uses ...
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Is generating random numbers using a smartphone camera a good idea?

Forgive my ignorance on the subject, but I wish to know more and asking (stupid) questions are one way. I was reading http://www.random.org/randomness/ and this idea popped into my head (before the ...
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Is the following code seeding OpenSSL's PRNG necessary, superfluous, or harmful?

As I was going through Crypt::SSLeay, preparing it for the next release, I noticed the following code, written way before my time, ... int rand_bytes_read; static int bNotFirstTime; char buf[ 1024 ...
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Testing a hardware random number generator

The Raspberry Pi has a built in hardware random number generator but there doesn't appear to be any public documentation on the hardware, and even if there were it would be questionable (what company ...
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How can you detect an insecure, non-random token?

I know that some of PHP's random functions are insecure due to them not being completely random and are considered a bad practice. My question is how an attacker go about finding that the developer ...
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-bash: -sudo: command not found [closed]

Some dependencies were missing when I installed THC Hydra. I found this site which directs me to install the missing package: sudo apt-get install libsvn-dev libapr1-dev libaprutil1-dev But when I ...
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Are the problems with Window's CSPRNG still an issue on modern Windows?

The paper Cryptanalysis of the Random Number Generator of the Windows Operating System describes some problematic aspects of the Windows CSPRNG. However the paper was written in 2007, and looked at ...
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What does the “period” of a random number generator measure?

What is "period" in the context of pseudo-random number generators? For example when someone says "The Mersenne Twister has a 2^19337−1 period" what does it mean? I would appreciate a simple as ...
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Should generating gpg keys ever result in an identical key to an older key?

I recently had a situation where I lost an old private key (write error; realized this too late). In regenerating keys and replacing the public keys on various sites, I noticed that the public keys ...
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is this code valid for securing passwords? [duplicate]

i was wondering if this is a secure method for a hashing password.if it is not secure please tell me what to do in order to make it secure $pass='test'//the password ...
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Is it appropriate to use haveged as a source of entropy on virtual machines?

While looking for solutions to entropy pool depletion on virtual machines, I came across an interesting project called haveged, which is based on the HAVEGE algorithm (HArdware Volatile Entropy ...
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bin_random_table and RANDOM_BOOT_ID

The Linux kernel has a few sysctrl's related to random devices packaged in a bin_random_table (http://lxr.free-electrons.com/source/kernel/sysctl_binary.c?v=3.2): static const struct bin_table ...
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Does (online) poker require cryptographically secure randomness?

Here’s a quote from a reddit discussion: … for poker [a cryptographically secure RNG] is completely unnecessary. If you have an appropriate unpredictable seed, and you are throwing away a lot of ...
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What are the features of Dual EC DRBG that are lost when using a different cipher?

Due to a potential NSA backdoor, the NIST is now recommending that implementor no longer use ECC-based PRNG Dual EC DRBG. (As described in Wired.com) this PRNG has certain features such as: ...
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How securely random is Oracle's java.security.SecureRandom

There was a lot of news in the past year about exploitable weaknesses in cryptography which originated from weak random number generators. In some cases it was negligence on side of the developers, in ...
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Cracking a linear congruential generator

I was recently listening to the security now podcast, and they mentioned in passing that the linear congrunential generator (LCG) is trivial to crack. I use the LCG in a first year stats computing ...
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Can I use hardware random number generation on my computer? Am I already using it?

A lot of computer security depends on encryption: SSL connections, TCP packet sequencing, encrypted files, etc. These depend on random number generation to ensure that attackers can't guess the ...