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NAME

Crypt::Makerand - Perl extension for the truerand library

CONTENTS

SYNOPSIS



  use Crypt::Makerand;
  $rand = Crypt::Makerand::trand32();



DESCRIPTION

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.

Exportable functions



  unsigned long trand32(void)



AUTHOR

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, mjc@redhat.com, March 2001.

SEE ALSO

perl(1).


perl v5.8.8 Makerand (3) 2008-05-24
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