Solaris /dev/random

Werner Koch wk at
Mon Aug 30 09:21:31 CEST 1999


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Michael Roth <mroth at> writes:

> Hmm. I don't know anything about /dev/random on Solaris. However, you can
> use a small tool to test the random number generator. Check out
> "". Copy some data from /dev/random in a

You can't test such a device because it is easy to fake pure random by 
using the output of a hash function.  And because a hash function is
nearly always used you won't get any results from test sutes like
diehard etc. 

The only way to check such a device is by analyzing it's code.

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