[Python-ideas] Should our default random number generator be secure?

Stefan Krah skrah at bytereef.org
Wed Sep 9 21:13:29 CEST 2015

 <random832 at ...> writes:
> On Wed, Sep 9, 2015, at 14:17, Stefan Krah wrote:
> > Random number generation is a very broad field. I'm not a specialist,
> > so I just entered "Mersenne Twister" into an academic search engine
> > and got many results, but none for arc4random.
> Try "Chacha". The "arc4random" name is a legacy of an older
> implementation.

I know chacha (and most of djb's other works).  I thought we
were talking about the suitability of cryptographically secure
RNGs for traditional scientific applications, in particular
whether there are *other* reasons apart from performance not to
use them.

Stefan Krah

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