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Re: [Lynx-dev] predictable PRNG used


From: Michael S. Gilbert
Subject: Re: [Lynx-dev] predictable PRNG used
Date: Sun, 5 Jul 2009 13:04:27 -0400

On Sun, 5 Jul 2009 13:08:38 +0000 (UTC) Thorsten Glaser wrote:
> If arc4random(3) is availableĀ¹, lynx uses it. I sent in a patch
> for that years ago. Otherwise, there is no good self-seeding SRNG
> available in the standards, so it will use lrand48(3) insteadĀ²,
> with a fallback to rand(3) like everyone else.

i'm triaging this issue for linux, and i don't believe that it has an
arc4random implementation.  so this would mean that lynx is using the
very insecure linear congruential algorithm and is thus affected by
this issue?

mike




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