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Boffin: Dump hardware number generators for encryption and instead look within

Persona

Round and round we go

Early versions of Netscape's SSL used a "random" seed derived from the time of day, the process ID, and the parent process ID. It seemed like a good idea, but needless to say researchers were able to guess the encryption keys and everyone was recommended to use hardware random number generators. Adding more seed variables helps but I remain dubious as it is inherently repeatable. I prefer to trust a simple hardware random number generator that uses something like diode noise which is random down at the physics level.

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