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A pseudorandom number generator (PRNG) is

[a]n algorithm that produces a sequence of bits that are uniquely determined from an initial value called a seed. The output of the PRNG “appears” to be random, i.e., the output is statistically indistinguishable from random values. A cryptographic PRNG has the additional property that the output is unpredictable, given that the seed is not known.[1]

References Edit

  1. NIST Special Publication 800-57; CNSSI 4009.

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