cvs commit: src/sys/libkern arc4random.c

Mark Murray mark at
Sun Aug 24 01:27:30 PDT 2003

Mike Silbersack writes:
> > .
> > I can run it again if there's interest.
> Can you turn it into a port? :)

That would be nifty :-)

> > I'm not a cryptographer, but FWIW, I'm told that there are
> > statistical tests that can differentiate an ARC4 sequence from a
> > truly random sequence.  However, it takes something like 2^31 bits
> > of data to detect the statistical bias.
> According to the paper referenced in the comment, the pattern is
> *especially* apparent in the first 256 words of output, which is why they
> should be thrown out.  (From my original reading of the paper, I was
> unable to determine if by his terminology he meant the first 256 bytes,
> words, dwords, quadwords, or what.  So I throw away the first 256 dwords,
> just to be safe.)

It is the first 2048 _bits_. Throwing away more doesn't hurt.

Mark Murray
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