Using SHA1 as RNG

Irmen de Jong irmen at
Fri Mar 14 20:33:14 CET 2003

Klaus Alexander Seistrup wrote:
>>Even if the hash doesn't repeat itself, you still get a 100%
>>predictible sequence of numbers because the SHA algorithm is
> But the same goes for the original Wichmann-Hill generator, doesn't
> it?

Umm.. perhaps. I don't know that much about strong random number
generators. Can anybody enlighten me (us)?

> But to predict the sequence of the SHARandom generator you would need
> to know the three initial seeds plus all of the intermediate values,
> and the number of steps taken, wouldn't you?

I think you're right about this one.


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