[Mono-devel-list] [PATCH] New random patch

Sebastien Pouliot spouliot at videotron.ca
Mon May 17 22:17:06 EDT 2004


Here's a new patch for runtime random. It includes the previous perfect (as
in no comments ;-) patch sent on the mono-devel list.

Actually this new patch is the recursive result of:

* a reported bug where an ArgumentOutOfRange exception is thrown in
* which turned out to be a thread related problem in System.Guid (instance
members aren't thread-safe);
* which turned out to have a hidden TODO (private method) for the getting
the MAC address;
* which results in System.Random being only initialized with the current
* which can give non-unique Guid (e.g. on multiple machines);
* which I thought would be nice to replace by completely random Guid
(simpler and safer);
* which made me remember that CryptoAPI isn't thread-safe either;
* which turns out our RNGCryptoServiceProvider may fail under Windows

so here's the patch and I'll go forward my previous problem ;-)

The patch has the indirect advantage to be 20% faster on Linux to obtain
small random buffers (16 bytes, 128 bits) like it is often used for
symmetric keys and IV.

I didn't (much) touch the EGD code as I don't have it installed and can't
test it.

Sebastien Pouliot

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