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

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Using UUIDs for non-guessable URLs

How safe is using UUIDs as URL identifier for non-guessable IDs? Specifically UUIDs generated by Python's uuid4() function, using base64 encoding. E.g. ...
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Can a salt maintain pseudo-randomness after being modified?

TL;DR: How much can a function (such as the one below) modify an initially random string before that string becomes useless as a salt for password hashing? Is there a general rule? # Function ...
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RDRAND in Intel Celeron CPUs under Linux

Is there any reason to believe that the hardware RNG in an Intel Celeron CPU is more unreliable than in other CPUs? Can someone confirm that what Linus Torvalds says is true, namely that Linux does ...
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Will two virtual machines running on the same physical host machine get the same value from /dev/random?

Will two virtual machines running on the same physical host machine get the same value from /dev/random if read over the same time period? Say that Virtual-machine-1 wants to generate its ssh host ...
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Evaluating a noise source for a RNG - defining a one-paramter family for RNG [closed]

I am trying to evaluate a noise-source as a means of providing entropy to a random number generator. I am running into trouble when it comes to determining the probability distribution that has the ...
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Is it fine to store single-use beta keys plain-text?

Is it okay to store single-use beta keys in plain-text in the database? I'll be pre-generating and storing about 2M keys. The keys get passed around so that people can sign up with it, rather than let ...
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Ring Oscillator: True Random Number Generator (TRNG) vs Physically Unclonable Function (PUF)

Ring oscillators can be used in hardware true random number generators (TRNG), and also in physically unclonable functions (PUFs). The designs seem fairly similar: TRNG based on ring oscillators: ...
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Do randomized PID bring more security?

What is the concrete advantage of using random PIDs instead of traditional sequential ones? Some times ago, I've read an article in the french magazine MISC (no. 74 - July/August, 2014) publishing a ...
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Which software RNG for linux?

A headless server can suffer from a lack of entropy, which is a problem given that encryption needs random numbers. In the absence of a hardware random number generator (RNG) the numbers must be ...
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Managing keys generated with insufficient entropy

Since the Linux RNG which provides /dev/random (and by extension /dev/urandom) is seeded by "mouse and keyboard activity, disk I/O operations, and specific interrupts" (source, PDF) and since virtual ...
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Offline RSA strong prime test similar to Phuctor?

One of the ways that RSA keys get consistently owned is when they're generated without enough entropy. Dan Kaminsky refers to a study which found that 1 in 200 RSA keys were badly generated and these ...
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What comprises the AIS-31 standard for TRNGs?

I'm researching how my smart card's chipset generates random numbers. According to a source in forums the YubiKey NEO is based on the A700x chipset from NXP. The page for the chipset indicates that ...
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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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Should other processes be running while an iPhone or Android is generating a cryptographically random number?

I need to generate a cryptographically secure random number on iOS and Android. I could use a software approach or leverage the built in OS API for this. In each case, is it better to generate a ...
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Is is possible to avoid internal seeding of a RNG and seed the generator manually using OpenSSL's RAND_bytes()?

I'm trying to write a random number generator with the OpenSSL library. The provided RAND_bytes() function is self-seeding with the /dev/urandom. That's why I am only able to reseed with the ...
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Linux random number compliance

Not sure if this is the right forum, and I am pretty sure that his must have been answered before (I searched a lot but I haven't found a definitive answer). Do the Linux random number generators ...
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Is `arc4random` secure enough?

I need to generate many many initialization vectors and session keys in C++ code. I am wondering if arc4random is up to the task. Last I heard, there are many weaknesses in the RC4 cipher. Should I ...
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Is it possible to make a more secure random number generator algorithm by XORing two or more less secure random number algorithms?

Is it possible to make a more secure random number generator (e.g. for cryptologic purposes) by combining two or more less secure random number generator algorithms using XOR? Here is an example of ...
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Predicting Math.random() numbers?

I was reading up on the documentation for Math.random() and I found the note: Math.random() does not provide cryptographically secure random numbers. Do not use them for anything related to ...
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What does “random” mean in the context of password creation?

Disclaimer: as you will see from my question I'm a total outsider in this subject, just very curious. I was wondering how easy it would be to crack a password-protected RAR5 file, and I found many ...
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Should I use urandom() or openssl_random_pseudo_bytes()?

I am developing a site in PHP 5.4. Which function is better to use to generate a random salt for password security? $salt = sha1(openssl_random_pseudo_bytes(23)); or $seed = ''; $a = ...
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RSA key generation: gpg vs openssh

When I generate RSA key for ssh (both server-side and client-side): dpkg-reconfigure openssh-server ssh-keygen the key generation is completed instantly. However, when I generate RSA key for gpg, ...
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AES encryption on embedded device: Can this be secure?

I plan to create an encryption program for an embedded device with the following characteristics: CPU is Intel 80186 compatible @ ~20 MHz 128 KB RAM, of which I have ~20 KB at my disposal for ...
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How to check randomness of random number generators?

Assume that I have a smart card that returns an 8 byte (for example) random value on reception of a command. The question is that: How I can check if this value is really random? (I don't have any ...
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Initialization of a LUKS encrypted partition with cipher or /dev/urandom

I've created a few encrypted devices with LUKS and cryptsetup on Linux and am pretty comfortable with disk encryption in this regard. I've seen it mentioned in many different places that when setting ...
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How to protect against random number generator attacks

I am using custom hardware on which i'm using the random noise from an ADC converter and a few other seeds. I combine these in an algorithm and have tested it against FIPS PUB 140-2 for a random ...
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How to compare passwords with duplicate password

On Steam, the gaming client, I have this habit of creating multiple "smurf" accounts. I have a randomly-generated, unique password, and I decided to use the same password for all of my multiple ...
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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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Are humans a strong or weak RNG? [duplicate]

Thomas Pornin has stated in the past on multiple occasions (I'm not going to source them, he can argue with me if he wants) that humans are bad RNGs. While I agree that human RNG for password ...
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How is the random string of Thunderbird's profile folder generated? [closed]

As per this link, Thinderbird creates a folder by name in the format ".default” where ”” is an eight digit string randomly generated by Thunderbird. But how is it generated? Which random generator ...
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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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Generate cryptographically strong pseudorandom numbers in Javascript?

Is there any good way to generate cryptographically strong pseudorandom (or true random) numbers in Javascript? The crucial requirement: if a.com's Javascript generates some random numbers, no one ...
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Using Random Numbers As Session variables

I am using randomly generated numbers as session variables to identify the sessions in a PHP application. To make further security proof what ways should I follow?
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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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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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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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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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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 ...