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Yes, that should be secure. It seems however that your problem lies with the secure random number generator and that you are using a KDF to overcome those. Basically you are using a KDF as key generator; no keys are derived from another / master key. It seems more obvious to use a DRBG / CPRNG (deterministic random bit generator / cryptographically secure ...


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I'm going to agree with @fgrieu's marvelous post above in a back-handed way. My answer is: No, you don't have to use an HMAC. Do it anyway. As you noted, some hashes, sush as SHA-3 (especially in its Keccak form), Skein (which I was a team member on), and others will work just fine. In the case of Skein, there is a one-pass Skein-MAC that has a proof of ...



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