# crypt::openssl::random(3) [osx man page]

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Crypt::OpenSSL::RSA - RSA encoding and decoding, using the openSSL libraries Crypt::OpenSSL::Random - Routines for accessing the OpenSSL pseudo-random number generatorSYNOPSIS

use Crypt::OpenSSL::Random; Crypt::OpenSSL::Random::random_seed($good_random_data); Crypt::OpenSSL::Random::random_egd("/tmp/entropy"); Crypt::OpenSSL::Random::random_status() or die "Unable to sufficiently seed the random number generator". my $ten_good_random_bytes = Crypt::OpenSSL::Random::random_bytes(10); my $ten_ok_random_bytes = Crypt::OpenSSL::Random::random_pseudo_bytes(10);DESCRIPTION

Crypt::OpenSSL::Random provides the ability to seed and query the OpenSSL library's pseudo-random number generator EXPORT None by default.Static Methodsrandom_bytes This function, returns a specified number of cryptographically strong pseudo-random bytes from the PRNG. If the PRNG has not been seeded with enough randomness to ensure an unpredictable byte sequence, then a false value is returned. random_pseudo_bytes This function, is similar to c<random_bytes>, but the resulting sequence of bytes are not necessarily unpredictable. They can be used for non-cryptographic purposes and for certain purposes in cryptographic protocols, but usually not for key generation etc. random_seed This function seeds the PRNG with a supplied string of bytes. It returns true if the PRNG has sufficient seeding. Note: calling this function with non-random bytes is of limited value at best! random_egd This function seeds the PRNG with data from the specified entropy gathering daemon. Returns the number of bytes read from the daemon on succes, orif not enough bytes were read, or if the connection to the daemon failed. random_status This function returns true if the PRNG has sufficient seeding.-1BUGS

Because of the internal workings of OpenSSL's random library, the pseudo-random number generator (PRNG) accessed by Crypt::OpenSSL::Random will be different than the one accessed by any other perl module. Hence, to use a module such as Crypt::OpenSSL::Random, you will need to seed the PRNG used there from one used here. This class is still advantageous, however, as it centralizes other methods, such as random_egd, in one place.AUTHOR

Ian Robertson, iroberts@cpan.comSEE ALSO

perl(1), rand(3), RAND_add(3), RAND_egd(3), RAND_bytes(3).POD ERRORS

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Crypt::OpenSSL::RSA - RSA encoding and decoding, using the openSSL libraries Crypt::OpenSSL::Random - Routines for accessing the OpenSSL pseudo-random number generatorSYNOPSIS

use Crypt::OpenSSL::Random; Crypt::OpenSSL::Random::random_seed($good_random_data); Crypt::OpenSSL::Random::random_egd("/tmp/entropy"); Crypt::OpenSSL::Random::random_status() or die "Unable to sufficiently seed the random number generator". my $ten_good_random_bytes = Crypt::OpenSSL::Random::random_bytes(10); my $ten_ok_random_bytes = Crypt::OpenSSL::Random::random_pseudo_bytes(10);DESCRIPTION

Crypt::OpenSSL::Random provides the ability to seed and query the OpenSSL library's pseudo-random number generator EXPORT None by default.Static Methodsrandom_bytes This function, returns a specified number of cryptographically strong pseudo-random bytes from the PRNG. If the PRNG has not been seeded with enough randomness to ensure an unpredictable byte sequence, then a false value is returned. random_pseudo_bytes This function, is similar to c<random_bytes>, but the resulting sequence of bytes are not necessarily unpredictable. They can be used for non-cryptographic purposes and for certain purposes in cryptographic protocols, but usually not for key generation etc. random_seed This function seeds the PRNG with a supplied string of bytes. It returns true if the PRNG has sufficient seeding. Note: calling this function with non-random bytes is of limited value at best! random_egd This function seeds the PRNG with data from the specified entropy gathering daemon. Returns the number of bytes read from the daemon on succes, orif not enough bytes were read, or if the connection to the daemon failed. random_status This function returns true if the PRNG has sufficient seeding.-1BUGS

Because of the internal workings of OpenSSL's random library, the pseudo-random number generator (PRNG) accessed by Crypt::OpenSSL::Random will be different than the one accessed by any other perl module. Hence, to use a module such as Crypt::OpenSSL::Random, you will need to seed the PRNG used there from one used here. This class is still advantageous, however, as it centralizes other methods, such as random_egd, in one place.AUTHOR

Ian Robertson, iroberts@cpan.comSEE ALSO

perl(1), rand(3), RAND_add(3), RAND_egd(3), RAND_bytes(3).POD ERRORS

Hey! The above document had some coding errors, which are explained below: Around line 62: '=item' outside of any '=over' Around line 93: You forgot a '=back' before '=head1'perl v5.16.32007-05-20 Random(3)