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How do you predict the output of a pseudo random software number generator?

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Do you have the generator?

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Umm... yeah. But no hint what kind of a generator it is. I am certain that it does not take entropy from the operating system

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I have seen contrived questions where from the data you can deduce what the generator looks like. But theoretically this is very, very difficult if not impossible. But in practice, poor implementation or bad seeds can make the job somewhat easier. It is known that both Windoze and Lunix have security flaws in their prngs.

Have you read Schneier's paper?

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No, what's that?

Okay, this is not a Windoze or Lunix prng. Besides I do not know how to execute the prng on Windoze.

As far as I know, the only flaw is that the OS can be flushed with a state of known entropy

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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The papers probably describe how to. Why do you want to?

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Because its fun. Being able to predict things are fun.

However, I really do not want to crack the human PRNGs which determine their moods.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Human prngs? What are those?

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Brains. Which get entropy from

a) the level of fulfilment of the stomach

b) the amount of money one posseses

c) several stimulus

d) past memories

e) past entropies

f) entropies from others

.

.

xyz) and much more

and generate emotions about being happy or sad

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Entropies? How do you define that?

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Hmm

I do not know. I think I have been reading the wiki for too long

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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So what are you trying to do here?

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Learn to crack PRNGs

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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And when you have done that?

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I've not done that. I am willing to do it.

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There are two approaches both difficult. A math attack and a debugger.

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Can you teach me those or any one of those?

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For the general problem you are asking I do not think so. I was still learning myself.

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Ok, can you tell how you're learning?

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Know what a reverse engineer is?

Got to go offline, see you tomorrow.

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I've a little idea.

Tomorrow with respect to whom?

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To you I would say. By the time I am done you will be sleeping.

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What if we are not allowed to use a debugger?

What if we are cracking a PRNG on a remote computer?

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To access the prng of the operating system on a foreign machine you would need to cause a buffer overflow error. Of course such a result would qualify as a malicious act.

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What if it does not belong to the OS?

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