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Date: Fri, 3 Jan 2014 22:42:39 -0500
From: Rich Felker <>
Subject: Re: [PHC] Re: Reworked KDF available on github for feedback: NOELKDF

On Fri, Jan 03, 2014 at 05:26:48PM -0500, Bill Cox wrote:
> The hashed memory from NOELKDF passed the dieharder tests!  Given how dumb
> the hash is, I'm floored.  A very simple routine can be written that will
> identify this as non-random output after 32KB with 100% accuracy.  It was

Dieharder is not suitable for testing cryptographic properties. My
version of rand_r, which is constrained by the API which allows only
32 bits of state, passes dieharder if I'm not mistaken and it's a
simple LCG with tempering function applied to the output:

Basically, what's going on is that while it's hard to write a good
PRNG (most code producing output that "looks random" isn't) it's also
very hard to write the test which identifies the output as non-random;
statistically speaking, almost-all tests will fail to detect the
badness of any given candidate sequence produced by a PRNG.


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