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Introduction to Pseudo Random Number Generators (PRNGs)

Authored on: Jan 21, 2003 by Mohan Atreya

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This is the fourth article in this series. This article aims to educate developers using cryptography on the importance of using good pseudo random number generators (PRNGs) in their applications. The generation of random numbers for use in cryptography is typically not given much importance by developers. This could be due to the fact that developers are not educated to the fact that the strong cryptography is closely linked to strong random numbers. Emphasis is also given to the importance of seeding PRNGs with strong random numbers.

For more information on Internet security, visit RSA Security's Web site.



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