Crypt::Makerand - Perl extension for the truerand library
use Crypt::Makerand; $rand = Crypt::Makerand::trand32();
Uses the truerand library to generate a random 32 bit number.
The basic idea here is that between clock skew and various hard-to-predict OS event arrivals, counting a tight loop will yield a little (maybe a third of a bit or so) of good randomness per interval clock tick. This seems to work well even on unloaded machines. If there is a human operator at the machine, you should augment truerand with other measure, like keyboard event timing.
On server machines (e.g., when you need to generate a Diffie-Hellman secret) truerand alone may be good enough.
unsigned long trand32(void)
The truerand library was developed by Matt Blaze, Jim Reeds, and Jack Lacy. Copyright (c) 1992, 1994 AT&T. This Perl extension was created by Mark Cox, firstname.lastname@example.org, March 2001.
|perl v5.8.8||Makerand (3)||2008-05-24|