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  • securerandom.rb


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Secure random number generator interface.

This library is an interface to secure random number generators which are suitable for generating session keys in HTTP cookies, etc.

You can use this library in your application by requiring it:

require 'securerandom'

It supports the following secure random number generators:

  • openssl

  • /dev/urandom

  • Win32


Generate random hexadecimal strings:

require 'securerandom'

p SecureRandom.hex(10) #=> "52750b30ffbc7de3b362"
p SecureRandom.hex(10) #=> "92b15d6c8dc4beb5f559"
p SecureRandom.hex(13) #=> "39b290146bea6ce975c37cfc23"

Generate random base64 strings:

p SecureRandom.base64(10) #=> "EcmTPZwWRAozdA=="
p SecureRandom.base64(10) #=> "KO1nIU+p9DKxGg=="
p SecureRandom.base64(12) #=> "7kJSM/MzBJI+75j8"

Generate random binary strings:

p SecureRandom.random_bytes(10) #=> "\016\t{\370g\310pbr\301"
p SecureRandom.random_bytes(10) #=> "\323U\030TO\234\357\020\a\337"

Generate UUIDs:

p SecureRandom.uuid #=> "2d931510-d99f-494a-8c67-87feb05e1594"
p SecureRandom.uuid #=> "bad85eb9-0713-4da7-8d36-07a8e4b00eab"

Public Class Methods

bytes(n) click to toggle source
Alias for: gen_random
gen_random(n) click to toggle source
               # File securerandom.rb, line 50
def self.gen_random(n)
  @pid = 0 unless defined?(@pid)
  pid = $$
  unless @pid == pid
    now = Process.clock_gettime(Process::CLOCK_REALTIME, :nanosecond)
    OpenSSL::Random.random_add([now, @pid, pid].join(""), 0.0)
    seed = Random.raw_seed(16)
    if (seed)
      OpenSSL::Random.random_add(seed, 16)
    @pid = pid
  return OpenSSL::Random.random_bytes(n)
Also aliased as: bytes