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ipsec ranbits generate random bits in ASCII form


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IPSEC_RANBITS

Section: Maintenance Commands (8)
Updated: 22 Aug 2000
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NAME

ipsec ranbits - generate random bits in ASCII form  

SYNOPSIS

ipsec ranbits [ --quick ] [ --continuous ] [ --bytes ] nbits  

DESCRIPTION

Ranbits obtains nbits (rounded up to the nearest byte) high-quality random bits from random(4), and emits them on standard output as an ASCII string. The default output format is datatot(3) h format: lowercase hexadecimal with a 0x prefix and an underscore every 32 bits.

The --quick option produces quick-and-dirty random bits: instead of using the high-quality random bits from /dev/random, which may take some time to supply the necessary bits if nbits is large, ranbits uses /dev/urandom, which yields prompt results but lower-quality randomness.

The --continuous option uses datatot(3) x output format, like h but without the underscores.

The --bytes option causes nbits to be interpreted as a byte count rather than a bit count.  

FILES

/dev/random, /dev/urandom  

SEE ALSO

ipsec_datatot(3), random(4)  

HISTORY

Written for the Linux FreeS/WAN project <http://www.freeswan.org> by Henry Spencer.  

BUGS

There is an internal limit on nbits, currently 20000.

Without --quick, ranbits's run time is difficult to predict. A request for a large number of bits, at a time when the system's entropy pool is low on randomness, may take quite a while to satisfy.


 

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NAME
SYNOPSIS
DESCRIPTION
FILES
SEE ALSO
HISTORY
BUGS

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