Cryptology ePrint Archive: Report 2012/487

Short communication: An interpretation of the Linux entropy estimator

Benjamin Pousse

Abstract: The Linux random number generator (LRNG) aims to produce random numbers with all the limitations due to a deterministic machine. Two recent analysis exist for this generator. These analysis provide strong cryptographic details about LRNG. However both fail to give a mathematical explanation of the entropy estimator embedded. In this paper we propose an interpretation using Newton polynomial interpolation.

Category / Keywords: implementation / PRNG, entropy estimator

Date: received 22 Aug 2012

Contact author: benjamin pousse at gmail com

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