entropy: A platform independent entropy source

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A mostly platform independent method to obtain cryptographically strong entropy (RDRAND, urandom, CryptAPI, and patches welcome) Users looking for cryptographically strong (number-theoretically sound) PRNGs should see the DRBG package too.

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Avoid use of the getentropy() *nix function. By default getentropy will be used if detected during compilation (this plays poorly with cross compilation).


Use -f <flag> to enable a flag, or -f -<flag> to disable that flag. More info


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Dependencies base (>=4.8 && <5), bytestring, ghcjs-dom (>= && <1), jsaddle, unix, Win32 (>=2.5) [details]
License BSD-3-Clause
Copyright Thomas DuBuisson <thomas.dubuisson@gmail.com>
Author Thomas DuBuisson <thomas.dubuisson@gmail.com>
Maintainer Thomas DuBuisson <thomas.dubuisson@gmail.com>
Category Data, Cryptography
Home page https://github.com/TomMD/entropy
Bug tracker https://github.com/TomMD/entropy/issues
Source repo head: git clone https://github.com/TomMD/entropy
Uploaded by ThomasDuBuisson at 2022-08-23T14:54:28Z
Distributions Arch:, Debian:, Fedora:, FreeBSD:0.3.7, LTSHaskell:, NixOS:, Stackage:, openSUSE:
Reverse Dependencies 50 direct, 3198 indirect [details]
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This package allows Haskell users to easily acquire entropy for use in critical security applications by calling out to either windows crypto api, unix/linux's getrandom and /dev/urandom. Hardware RNGs (currently RDRAND, patches welcome) are supported via the hardwareRNG function.

Quick Start

To simply get random bytes use getEntropy:

#!/usr/bin/env cabal
{- cabal:
    build-depends: base, entropy, bytestring
import qualified Data.ByteString as BS
import           System.Entropy

main :: IO ()
main = print . BS.unpack =<< getEntropy 16
-- Example output: [241,191,215,193,225,27,121,244,16,155,252,41,131,38,6,100]

Faster Randoms from Hardware

Most x86 systems include a hardware random number generator. These can be faster but require more trust in the platform:

import qualified Data.ByteString as B
import           System.Entropy

eitherRNG :: Int -> IO B.ByteString
eitherRNG sz = maybe (getEntropy sz) pure =<< getHardwareEntropy sz

main :: IO ()
main = print . B.unpack =<< eitherRNG 32

This package supports Windows, {li,u}nix, QNX, and has preliminary support for HaLVM.

Typically tested on Linux and OSX - testers are as welcome as patches.

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