[Cryptography] Radioactive random numbers
dave at horsfall.org
Mon Sep 16 17:16:37 EDT 2013
On Fri, 13 Sep 2013, Eugen Leitl wrote:
> > Given that there is One True Source of randomness to wit radioactive
> What makes you think that e.g. breakdown oin a reverse biased
> Zener diode is any less "true" random? Or thermal noise in a
> crappy CMOS circuit?
It was a throw-away line; sigh... The capitals should've been a hint.
And yes, I know about crappy CMOS circuits; I've unintentionally built
enough of them :-)
> In fact, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hardware_random_number_generator#Physical_phenomena_with_quantum-random_properties
> listens a lot of potential sources, some with a higher
> rate and more private than others.
-- Dave, who must stop being subtle
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