[E-voting] Not random enough?
aecolley at spamcop.net
Tue Mar 16 15:38:17 GMT 2004
On Tue, Mar 16, 2004 at 11:56:04AM +0000, Cian wrote:
> By identifying the placement of the first couple of votes, can we infer
> anything about the state of the PRNG at that time (and hence at all times
Since the PRNG is continually reseeded by the system time (a 125Hz
clock), then probably not.
On Tue, Mar 16, 2004 at 12:33:25PM +0000, Stuart McBride wrote:
> Surely if the memory is limited and has a physical start and
> end ... and if you're placing votes randomly at either the
> start or end of the existing block ... then you're going to
> hit the start or end of the memory at some point.
I suppose they could be doing a (mod N) calculation to wrap around. The
reports don't mention it, though. In fact, I'm not sure they say what
happens when the memory fills up completely.
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