Predictive Models for Min-Entropy Estimation

@article{Kelsey2015PredictiveMF,
  title={Predictive Models for Min-Entropy Estimation},
  author={John Kelsey and Kerry A. McKay and Meltem S{\"o}nmez Turan},
  journal={IACR Cryptology ePrint Archive},
  year={2015},
  volume={2015},
  pages={600}
}
Random numbers are essential for generating cryptographic information, such as secret keys, nonces, random paddings, salts etc. Pseudorandom number generators are useful, but they still need truly random seeds generated by entropy sources in order to produce random numbers. Researchers have shown examples of deployed systems that did not have enough randomness in their entropy sources, and as a result, crypto keys were compromised. So how does one evaluate how much entropy is in a black-box… CONTINUE READING