* Posts by John Hobbs

1 post • joined 19 Nov 2007

Crypto guru warns over random number backdoor

John Hobbs

@ The Coin Flippers

All lovely statistics aside, the coin flipping doesn't matter here. Computers can not flip coins, they can only execute an algorithm. There are no "true" random numbers generated by computers, although computers can sample the environment for random numbers (http://www.random.org/)

If you know the seed and the timing of a pseudo random algorithm you can tell what it's going to output, thats how it works. We aren't worried about the accidental possibility that "a set of numbers from a random generator are all the same". We are worried about the intentional breaking and intentional generation of these exact same series.



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