Usage of randomness (i.e. non-predictable data, usually in the form of bits or numbers) for cryptographic purposes.

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How often does /dev/urandom sample seeding from /dev/random? [migrated]

Unless I am totally confused and it doesn't do that. I want to know whether or not /dev/urandom will gain increased entropy if I take a hardware RNG and plug its entropy into /dev/random. So to ...
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Is part of an output of secure PRNG also cryptographically secure?

Lets say I generate 192 bits using some secure PRNG. If I now take first 128 bits is it equivalent of generating 128 bits in the first place? P.S. More practical application for me is that I need a ...
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When we use one time pad TWICE in two different ways

Assumption and Notations: All the values defined over the field $\mathbb{F}_p$, where $p$ is a large prime number. We denote multiplicative inverse of value $v$ by $v^{-1}$. All values are non-zero ...
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Can we use merely permutation to hide a message?

This question is related to this: When all shares of a secret are given to adversary as a permuted matrix I think the below question is a simplified version of that. Assume we have a 40-bit ...
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emulation of a one-time-pad based on multiple keys of running cipher

a one-time-pad cipher is one that uses a long "truly" random key that is as long as the plain text message. the key must be only used once. the key must not be derived from pseudo random number ...
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Why are obfuscators generally defined to be probabilistic algorithms, rather than deterministic ones?

One possible explanation is, randomness is not going to hurt you, so might as well use it. Also, if we are hoping to prove impossibility, it only makes the result stronger. One other explanation is ...
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Which ciphers produce random ciphertext?

I already know AES produces a "random" output. 5e4e6440826d6afc4535fbf078455f791159701a9df624ddd4e4dda84523b6a7 Its ciphertext doesn't follow a pattern and is ...
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Are the SHA family hash outputs practically random?

Say I hashed the output from a random number generator (with nonce), would the resulting SHA256 hash be as random as the inputted number? And If I used the first 5 hex characters, and then used the ...
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Detecting steganography in the stream of short messages

I have stream of millions of short n-bit (n<30) messages generated by some random number generator. The source of random number generator is not available to me. I suspect there are messages used ...
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What is an impure NIST true random number generator?

I'm working on a true random number generator, and I came across this phrase in the American NIST guide, in section 6.4.1 Non-Approved Conditioning Components: The entropy rate provided shall be ...
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Homemade Randomized RSA

Considering the following encryption scheme where RSA is used to encrypt a plaintext m and then we choose a random r and compute: $$A = r + m^e \bmod N$$ and $$B = r^e \bmod N$$ So the ciphertext is ...
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Continuous stream of strong randomness from limited entropy?

I need a continuous (infinite) strong random generator, but I've only got limited entropy as seed. I know there's already a contradiction there, but I'm looking for a practical approach. Suppose I ...
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Data Leakage and Data Switching

I have two secret values $a$ and $b$ (i.e. they are arbitrary values). I mask them as follow: $v_1=r_1a+r_2$ $v_2=r_1(b-a)$ where $r_1$ and $r_2$ are uniformly random values. I send $v_1$ and $v_2$ ...
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How much entropy is generated by 'random' human keystrokes?

I'm wondering about using human input as an entropy generator. We all know humans are terrible at making up random numbers or keys or passwords. But what if we let a user 'randomly' type in some ...
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Reusing same source for single-source randomness extractor

Let $ext$ be a single-source randomness extractor which takes a $d$-bit seed and a $n$-bit source as input and produces a $m$-bit output. Suppose we have a source $X$ with min-entropy $k$. Is it ...
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Randomness in Public Key Encryption

For a scheme to be at least CPA secure, one has to randomize the scheme. In case of a secret key encryption scheme, the used randomness will typically become part of the cipher text as in the case of ...
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How does generating random numbers “remove entropy from your system”?

In a previous question, I quoted the --gen-random entry in the GPG Man Pages. At the end it says: PLEASE, don’t use this command unless you know what you are ...
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Key derivation function in theory & practice

I am implementing a cryptographic protocol and I'd like to generate a set of seeds using a seed for a pseudo-random function. The reason is that I can pass on only one seed and it can be used to ...
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How to compare two CSPRNGs? [duplicate]

Let's say I am given to CSPRNGs: RNG1 and RNG2. I want to select the best one of the two for cryptography. How should I do it? Any of the two RNGs can be initialized with a secret key during tests and ...
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Existence of a random function under constraints

Let $F_1$ and $F_2$ be two random functions taking as input $N$ bits and returning $N$ bits. Let $C_1$ and $C_2$ two constants of $N$ bits. Is there a random function $P$ taking as input $2N$ bits and ...
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Why calculate pi to estimate randomness?

Why do testing suites calculate $\pi$ (pi) using the Monte Carlo method to determine if a series of numbers are random? As far as I can tell, the Monte Carlo method can be used to estimate $\pi$ ...
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Does it necessarily mean that an RSA moduli generated with poor randomness is not random?

In 2012 a group of researchers collected a large amount of RSA moduli and calculated their greatest common divisor in order to find common factors between them. By finding a common factor they could ...
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Data Switching and Information Leakage

Hypothesis: Let $z,a$ be uniformly random elements of a field $\mathbb{F}_p$ where $p$ is a large prime number. Also, let $(-z)$ be additive inverse of $z$. I have a fixed secret value $x$. I mask ...
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Does an encrypted random sequence conserve its “randomness”?

If you have a random uniform sequence of bits $A$ generated by a TRNG with good performance of randomness tests (eg Dieharder, NIST, Kolmogorov complexity, chi-square, etc) and perform an encryption ...
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Raw /dev/random output for keymat [duplicate]

Noob question: It is my understanding that the raw output from non-blocking /dev/random (where the kernel's entropy_avail estimate is equal to or greater than the number of random bits required) ...
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Why do we require a CSPRNG's output to be indistinguishable from true random?

Everywhere I read, indistinguishability of output from true random is stated as a requirement for CSPRNGs. However nobody bothered to give the rationale for such a strong requirement. Specifically, ...
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use the same pad reversed

Suppose I have a random number (eg 625 467 921). I use it once to encrypt a message OTP style, and when I want to use them again, I reverse them (eg to ...
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Whitening and randomness extraction

The Von Neumann randomness extractor is explicitly mentioned in the randomness extractor page of Wikipedia, but strangely enough that page does not contain any reference to whitening the results of an ...
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How many bits of entropy can I expect from /dev/urandom in iOS?

Apple's latest security documentation indicates that it now uses CTR_DRBG for generating pseudo-random numbers (previously Yarrow instead of CTR_DRBG), using "timing variations during boot" and ...
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In $\mathbb Z/p\mathbb Z$, is $(a+b\cdot r)$ a random value for fixed $a,b$ and random $r$?

Let $p$ be a prime number. Consider two fixed values $a,b\in\mathbb Z/p\mathbb Z$, where $b\neq0$, and a uniformly random value $r\leftarrow \mathbb Z/p\mathbb Z$. Is $v=a+b\cdot r$ a uniformly ...
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Pseudo Random Function

The definition of pseudo randomness that leads to pseudo random function talks about indistingishability of a key-ed function and a random function. i.e. The key-ed function family $\{F_k\}$ is PRF ...
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How useful is NIST's Randomness Beacon for cryptographic use?

NIST have just launched a new service called the NSANIST Randomness Beacon. It has been met with some initial skepticism. Perhaps the cryptography community would have used it before June 2013 when ...
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Mathematically / statistically “safe” way to differentiate between crypto and random blob?

I assume the United Kingdom will impose (as opposed to just talk about it) restrictions on crypto software that may be used within it's borders. Me, quite the border clown (yes, I always bring a up ...
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How to generate a large random number from smaller ones?

I'm using a function randInt that takes as input two integers as upper and lower bounds (inclusive) and outputs a pseudorandom number in that interval. ...
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Transforming Gaussian random $[0,1] $ numbers to uniform $[0,255] $

I am not exactly sure if this is for math stackexchange or crypto: A TRNG outputs numbers in $[0,1]$ in a Gaussian distribution. I would like to convert them into uniform random bytes ($[0,255] $) to ...
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Better lower bound on min-entropy

In “Randomness Condensers for Efficiently Samplable, Seed-Dependent Sources” by Dodis, Ristenpart, and Vadhan (PDF), I have seen the statement that: any tuple of distributions $(X,Z)$ is $ε$-close ...
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If you have a file and XOR every bit with a random bit, can you extract any information?

Say you have a file that is not random, and you XOR every bit with a random bit (not pseudo, but really random). Can someone who sees only the result extract any information from it? Obviously, it ...
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Generating PGP key *without* random generator? (using fixed input only)

I understand why in general, a strong random generator or source of entropy is used when generating PGP keys. However, I have a use case where I want to generate PGP keys deterministically, i.e. ...
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Difference RSA keypair creation openSSL and openPGP?

Creating a 2048bits RSA keypair I figured that doing this using openssl takes as an input 32bytes of "randomness" from ...
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Meaning of entropy of a bitstring in NIST SP 800 - 90A

From NIST SP 800 - 90A from January 2012 (see http://csrc.nist.gov/publications/nistpubs/800-90A/SP800-90A.pdf), page 6: For the purposes of this Recommendation, an n-bit string is said to have ...
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Turning data into seemingly random noise

I am currently working on a python script that does image steganography, altering the least significant bit on each channel of the image. Now imagine encrypting a file with a bunch of null bytes, or ...
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Why use randomness in digital signature algorithms?

I understand why randomness has to be employed in encryption, because deterministic ciphers are not IND-CPA. I don't understand why digital signature schemes that employ randomness, like RSA-PSS, are ...
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Benefit of using random key in Shamir's Secret Sharing

I am implementing Shamir's Secret Sharing, and I find that in (t,n)-threshold scheme, the shares are just using 1,2,3...,n as the key to form the shares ...
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Prove that if we redefine the key space, we can assume Gen chooses a key uniformly

I am working on problem 2.1 in Introduction to Modern Cryptography 2nd edition by Katz and Lindell. 2.1) Prove that by redefining the key space, we may assume that the key generation algorithm ...
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Randomness in generation of Virtual Machines from pre-built Image [closed]

I am studying Multi-Tenancy vs. Virtualization, and I got thinking about randomness, true randomness, virtualization etc, and I couldn't find anything on it. From what I gather, ...
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Estimating random number entropy for input into 256 bit hash

Assuming a random number generation process outputs lots of numbers between 0-9. First I gathered up a bunch of the numbers, converted them to binary and created a bitmap. Not so random as you can ...
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Can the same random number be used in encryption and signing?

In several public key algorithms, the person running the algorithm must generate a random number (that's separate from the key). Can this random number be the same for an encryption and a signature? ...
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Algorithm: How to use x and y mouse movement co-ordinates to generate random data?

Background: I'm making a program for fun as a learning exercise. I want to generate some actual random key material (not pseudorandom) from a JavaScript program. For my program is just for ...
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Reusing the random exponent for ElGamal encryption with different plaintexts

In the basic ElGamal encryption scheme, we encrypt a message $m$ as $(g^r, h^r m)$, where $g$ is the group generator and $h$ is the public key of the recipient. If the sender has another message $m'$ ...