Subject: Re: arc4random(9)
To: Perry E. Metzger <>
From: Steven M. Bellovin <>
List: tech-kern
Date: 05/29/2002 16:21:21
In message <>, "Perry E. Metzger" writes:
>Thor Lancelot Simon <> writes:
>> On Tue, May 28, 2002 at 08:23:31PM -0400, Perry E. Metzger wrote:
>> > I agree modulo one thing: RC4 is actually more or less as fast as
>> > random() once initialized, so there is no real point in using random()
>> > -- an RC4 based generator would actually work better and produce much
>> > nicer data for things like monte carlo generators.
>> Well, then, let's just call it "random()".
>Yup -- modulo the fact that I think (I may be mistaken) that Posix may
>specify the algorithm.

Not unreasonable -- Java specifies the algorithm for its RNG.

		--Steve Bellovin, (me) ("Firewalls" book)