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Date: Sat, 05 Apr 2014 15:53:18 +0000
From: "Poul-Henning Kamp" <>
To: Daniel Franke <>
Subject: Re: Mechanical tests

In message <>, Daniel Franke writes:
>"Poul-Henning Kamp" <> writes:
>> Dieharder looks for bits which do not carry one full bit of entropy,
>> whivh is important if you are in the market for random-looking bits.
>> We are not, we are in the business of making sure that entropy is
>> not lost, and we do not care if an algorithm spits out 100 bits
>> with full entropy or 1000 bits each with only 1/10th bit of entropy.
>Some of the PHC candidates claim to be key derivation functions. In
>those cases we most assuredly do care about this. It would mean that the
>effective length of your derived key is only a 1/10 what you thought it

No, that depends on the length of the number of bits output, times
the amount of entropy in each bit.

>POMELO's [...]

I'm not defending POMELO in any way, I havn't even looked at it yet.

I'm just pointing out that while dieharder is a damn good too for
what it is designed for, it is not designed for what we're trying
to do here.

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