Practical Random Number Generation in Software

@inproceedings{Viega2003PracticalRN,
  title={Practical Random Number Generation in Software},
  author={John Viega},
  booktitle={ACSAC},
  year={2003}
}
There is a large gap between the theory and practice for random number generation. For example, on most operating systems, using /dev/random to generate a 256-bit AES key is highly likely to produce a key with no more than 160 bits of security. In this paper, we propose solutions to many of the issues that real software-based random number infrastructures have encountered. Particularly, we demonstrate that universal hash functions are a theoretically appealing and efficient mechanism for… CONTINUE READING
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