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RANDOM(4) Device Drivers Manual RANDOM(4)

random, arandomrandom data source devices

#include <sys/types.h>
#include <dev/rndvar.h>

The various random devices produce high quality random output data. Entropy data is collected from system activity (such as disk, network, and clock device interrupts), and then used to key the ChaCha stream cipher to generate the output. All the random devices are expected to provide high quality pseudo-random output data.

The arc4random(3) function in userland libraries should be used instead, as it works without the need to access these devices every time.


arc4random(3), md5(3), random(3), amdpm(4), glxsb(4), pchb(4), arc4random(9), md5(9)

A random device first appeared in the Linux operating system. This is a cloned interface.

ARC4 routines added by David Mazieres. Changed to use the ChaCha cipher in OpenBSD 5.5.

No randomness testing suite provided.

September 10, 2015 OpenBSD-5.9