[Newbies] Re: Tim's Fix for LargeIntger>>AtRandom

Cerebus cerebus2 at gmail.com
Wed Aug 6 02:03:40 UTC 2008

The Cryptography Team implemented a completely different generator,
but I can't get the packages to load in 3.10.2 to look at in detail,
and it's been a couple of years since I last dinked around with it.

-- T

On Tue, Aug 5, 2008 at 5:18 PM, Randal L. Schwartz
<merlyn at stonehenge.com> wrote:
>>>>>> "Jerome" == Jerome Peace <peace_the_dreamer at yahoo.com> writes:
> Jerome> The objection Randal raised is that now it is using too many.
> Jerome> That's IMO a red herring.
> No, it's not.  Multiple calls to a PRNG generate correlated numbers,
> which can be used for an attack.
> You need to use a PRNG that in a single call gives enough bits.  And
> if you don't know that about PRNGs, you're not the one to be fixing this.
> I talked about it in terms of entropy because that's the easiest way to see
> that you're not gaining anything except the illusion of gain, which will bite
> back some day.  You can't get 112 bits of entropy by calling a 56-bit PRNG
> twice.
> It's not progress if it breaks it.
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