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RAND_BYTES(3) Library Functions Manual RAND_BYTES(3)

RAND_bytes, RAND_pseudo_bytesgenerate random data

#include <openssl/rand.h>

RAND_bytes(unsigned char *buf, int num);

RAND_pseudo_bytes(unsigned char *buf, int num);

These functions are deprecated and only retained for compatibility with legacy application programs. Use arc4random_buf(3) instead.

() puts num cryptographically strong pseudo-random bytes into buf.

() puts num pseudo-random bytes into buf. Pseudo-random byte sequences generated by RAND_pseudo_bytes() will be unique if they are of sufficient length, but are not necessarily unpredictable. They can be used for non-cryptographic purposes and for certain purposes in cryptographic protocols, but usually not for key generation etc.

RAND_bytes() returns 1. RAND_pseudo_bytes() returns 1.

RAND_bytes() is available in all versions of SSLeay and OpenSSL. It has a return value since OpenSSL 0.9.5. RAND_pseudo_bytes() was added in OpenSSL 0.9.5.

November 29, 2016 OpenBSD-6.1