[Cryptography] who cares about actual randomness?

Jerry Leichter leichter at lrw.com
Wed Feb 5 15:11:27 EST 2014

On Feb 5, 2014, at 4:11 AM, John Denker wrote:
>> It was a hard lesson to learn I think.  I recall being quite angry when
>> FreeBSD tied them together, for years even.
>> Now that hindsight is possible, one can look at the results.  Did
>> FreeBSD ever find an application that had a genuine need for entropy
>> rather than unguessable numbers?
> How about you and me get together for a nice friendly
> game of poker.
> I'll bring the cards.  I'll bring several decks, so we can
> use a fresh deck for each hand.  This saves time, because
> they're already shuffled, using my favorite PRNG.  The PRNG
> is strong enough to make it computationally infeasible for
> you to find any non-random pattern in the cards.
I'll do you one better.  I'll bring my favorite "true random number generator".  I built it using your Turbid designs, and it also mixes in the RDRAND output of four separate Intel chips.  Plus a couple of other sources for good measure.

See, I have it all beautifully assembled in this clear plastic box.  You can even see all the parts.

Ready to play?
                                                        -- Jerry

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