Java™ Platform
Standard Ed. 6

java.security
Class SecureRandom

java.lang.Object
  extended by java.util.Random
      extended by java.security.SecureRandom
All Implemented Interfaces:
Serializable

public class SecureRandom
extends Random

This class provides a cryptographically strong random number generator (RNG).

A cryptographically strong random number minimally complies with the statistical random number generator tests specified in FIPS 140-2, Security Requirements for Cryptographic Modules, section 4.9.1. Additionally, SecureRandom must produce non-deterministic output. Therefore any seed material passed to a SecureRandom object must be unpredictable, and all SecureRandom output sequences must be cryptographically strong, as described in RFC 1750: Randomness Recommendations for Security.

A caller obtains a SecureRandom instance via the no-argument constructor or one of the getInstance methods:

      SecureRandom random = new SecureRandom();
 

Many SecureRandom implementations are in the form of a pseudo-random number generator (PRNG), which means they use a deterministic algorithm to produce a pseudo-random sequence from a true random seed. Other implementations may produce true random numbers, and yet others may use a combination of both techniques.

Typical callers of SecureRandom invoke the following methods to retrieve random bytes:

      SecureRandom random = new SecureRandom();
      byte bytes[] = new byte[20];
      random.nextBytes(bytes);
 

Callers may also invoke the generateSeed method to generate a given number of seed bytes (to seed other random number generators, for example):

      byte seed[] = random.generateSeed(20);
 

See Also:
SecureRandomSpi, Random, Serialized Form

Constructor Summary
  SecureRandom()
          Constructs a secure random number generator (RNG) implementing the default random number algorithm.
  SecureRandom(byte[] seed)
          Constructs a secure random number generator (RNG) implementing the default random number algorithm.
protected SecureRandom(SecureRandomSpi secureRandomSpi, Provider provider)
          Creates a SecureRandom object.
 
Method Summary
 byte[] generateSeed(int numBytes)
          Returns the given number of seed bytes, computed using the seed generation algorithm that this class uses to seed itself.
 String getAlgorithm()
          Returns the name of the algorithm implemented by this SecureRandom object.
static SecureRandom getInstance(String algorithm)
          Returns a SecureRandom object that implements the specified Random Number Generator (RNG) algorithm.
static SecureRandom getInstance(String algorithm, Provider provider)
          Returns a SecureRandom object that implements the specified Random Number Generator (RNG) algorithm.
static SecureRandom getInstance(String algorithm, String provider)
          Returns a SecureRandom object that implements the specified Random Number Generator (RNG) algorithm.
 Provider getProvider()
          Returns the provider of this SecureRandom object.
static byte[] getSeed(int numBytes)
          Returns the given number of seed bytes, computed using the seed generation algorithm that this class uses to seed itself.
protected  int next(int numBits)
          Generates an integer containing the user-specified number of pseudo-random bits (right justified, with leading zeros).
 void nextBytes(byte[] bytes)
          Generates a user-specified number of random bytes.
 void setSeed(byte[] seed)
          Reseeds this random object.
 void setSeed(long seed)
          Reseeds this random object, using the eight bytes contained in the given long seed.
 
Methods inherited from class java.util.Random
nextBoolean, nextDouble, nextFloat, nextGaussian, nextInt, nextInt, nextLong
 
Methods inherited from class java.lang.Object
clone, equals, finalize, getClass, hashCode, notify, notifyAll, toString, wait, wait, wait
 

Constructor Detail

SecureRandom

public SecureRandom()
Constructs a secure random number generator (RNG) implementing the default random number algorithm.

This constructor traverses the list of registered security Providers, starting with the most preferred Provider. A new SecureRandom object encapsulating the SecureRandomSpi implementation from the first Provider that supports a SecureRandom (RNG) algorithm is returned. If none of the Providers support a RNG algorithm, then an implementation-specific default is returned.

Note that the list of registered providers may be retrieved via the Security.getProviders() method.

See Appendix A in the Java Cryptography Architecture API Specification & Reference for information about standard RNG algorithm names.

The returned SecureRandom object has not been seeded. To seed the returned object, call the setSeed method. If setSeed is not called, the first call to nextBytes will force the SecureRandom object to seed itself. This self-seeding will not occur if setSeed was previously called.


SecureRandom

public SecureRandom(byte[] seed)
Constructs a secure random number generator (RNG) implementing the default random number algorithm. The SecureRandom instance is seeded with the specified seed bytes.

This constructor traverses the list of registered security Providers, starting with the most preferred Provider. A new SecureRandom object encapsulating the SecureRandomSpi implementation from the first Provider that supports a SecureRandom (RNG) algorithm is returned. If none of the Providers support a RNG algorithm, then an implementation-specific default is returned.

Note that the list of registered providers may be retrieved via the Security.getProviders() method.

See Appendix A in the Java Cryptography Architecture API Specification & Reference for information about standard RNG algorithm names.

Parameters:
seed - the seed.

SecureRandom

protected SecureRandom(SecureRandomSpi secureRandomSpi,
                       Provider provider)
Creates a SecureRandom object.

Parameters:
secureRandomSpi - the SecureRandom implementation.
provider - the provider.
Method Detail

getInstance

public static SecureRandom getInstance(String algorithm)
                                throws NoSuchAlgorithmException
Returns a SecureRandom object that implements the specified Random Number Generator (RNG) algorithm.

This method traverses the list of registered security Providers, starting with the most preferred Provider. A new SecureRandom object encapsulating the SecureRandomSpi implementation from the first Provider that supports the specified algorithm is returned.

Note that the list of registered providers may be retrieved via the Security.getProviders() method.

The returned SecureRandom object has not been seeded. To seed the returned object, call the setSeed method. If setSeed is not called, the first call to nextBytes will force the SecureRandom object to seed itself. This self-seeding will not occur if setSeed was previously called.

Parameters:
algorithm - the name of the RNG algorithm. See Appendix A in the Java Cryptography Architecture API Specification & Reference for information about standard RNG algorithm names.
Returns:
the new SecureRandom object.
Throws:
NoSuchAlgorithmException - if no Provider supports a SecureRandomSpi implementation for the specified algorithm.
Since:
1.2
See Also:
Provider

getInstance

public static SecureRandom getInstance(String algorithm,
                                       String provider)
                                throws NoSuchAlgorithmException,
                                       NoSuchProviderException
Returns a SecureRandom object that implements the specified Random Number Generator (RNG) algorithm.

A new SecureRandom object encapsulating the SecureRandomSpi implementation from the specified provider is returned. The specified provider must be registered in the security provider list.

Note that the list of registered providers may be retrieved via the Security.getProviders() method.

The returned SecureRandom object has not been seeded. To seed the returned object, call the setSeed method. If setSeed is not called, the first call to nextBytes will force the SecureRandom object to seed itself. This self-seeding will not occur if setSeed was previously called.

Parameters:
algorithm - the name of the RNG algorithm. See Appendix A in the Java Cryptography Architecture API Specification & Reference for information about standard RNG algorithm names.
provider - the name of the provider.
Returns:
the new SecureRandom object.
Throws:
NoSuchAlgorithmException - if a SecureRandomSpi implementation for the specified algorithm is not available from the specified provider.
NoSuchProviderException - if the specified provider is not registered in the security provider list.
IllegalArgumentException - if the provider name is null or empty.
Since:
1.2
See Also:
Provider

getInstance

public static SecureRandom getInstance(String algorithm,
                                       Provider provider)
                                throws NoSuchAlgorithmException
Returns a SecureRandom object that implements the specified Random Number Generator (RNG) algorithm.

A new SecureRandom object encapsulating the SecureRandomSpi implementation from the specified Provider object is returned. Note that the specified Provider object does not have to be registered in the provider list.

The returned SecureRandom object has not been seeded. To seed the returned object, call the setSeed method. If setSeed is not called, the first call to nextBytes will force the SecureRandom object to seed itself. This self-seeding will not occur if setSeed was previously called.

Parameters:
algorithm - the name of the RNG algorithm. See Appendix A in the Java Cryptography Architecture API Specification & Reference for information about standard RNG algorithm names.
provider - the provider.
Returns:
the new SecureRandom object.
Throws:
NoSuchAlgorithmException - if a SecureRandomSpi implementation for the specified algorithm is not available from the specified Provider object.
IllegalArgumentException - if the specified provider is null.
Since:
1.4
See Also:
Provider

getProvider

public final Provider getProvider()
Returns the provider of this SecureRandom object.

Returns:
the provider of this SecureRandom object.

getAlgorithm

public String getAlgorithm()
Returns the name of the algorithm implemented by this SecureRandom object.

Returns:
the name of the algorithm or unknown if the algorithm name cannot be determined.
Since:
1.5

setSeed

public void setSeed(byte[] seed)
Reseeds this random object. The given seed supplements, rather than replaces, the existing seed. Thus, repeated calls are guaranteed never to reduce randomness.

Parameters:
seed - the seed.
See Also:
getSeed(int)

setSeed

public void setSeed(long seed)
Reseeds this random object, using the eight bytes contained in the given long seed. The given seed supplements, rather than replaces, the existing seed. Thus, repeated calls are guaranteed never to reduce randomness.

This method is defined for compatibility with java.util.Random.

Overrides:
setSeed in class Random
Parameters:
seed - the seed.
See Also:
getSeed(int)

nextBytes

public void nextBytes(byte[] bytes)
Generates a user-specified number of random bytes.

If a call to setSeed had not occurred previously, the first call to this method forces this SecureRandom object to seed itself. This self-seeding will not occur if setSeed was previously called.

Overrides:
nextBytes in class Random
Parameters:
bytes - the array to be filled in with random bytes.

next

protected final int next(int numBits)
Generates an integer containing the user-specified number of pseudo-random bits (right justified, with leading zeros). This method overrides a java.util.Random method, and serves to provide a source of random bits to all of the methods inherited from that class (for example, nextInt, nextLong, and nextFloat).

Overrides:
next in class Random
Parameters:
numBits - number of pseudo-random bits to be generated, where 0 <= numBits <= 32.
Returns:
an int containing the user-specified number of pseudo-random bits (right justified, with leading zeros).

getSeed

public static byte[] getSeed(int numBytes)
Returns the given number of seed bytes, computed using the seed generation algorithm that this class uses to seed itself. This call may be used to seed other random number generators.

This method is only included for backwards compatibility. The caller is encouraged to use one of the alternative getInstance methods to obtain a SecureRandom object, and then call the generateSeed method to obtain seed bytes from that object.

Parameters:
numBytes - the number of seed bytes to generate.
Returns:
the seed bytes.
See Also:
setSeed(byte[])

generateSeed

public byte[] generateSeed(int numBytes)
Returns the given number of seed bytes, computed using the seed generation algorithm that this class uses to seed itself. This call may be used to seed other random number generators.

Parameters:
numBytes - the number of seed bytes to generate.
Returns:
the seed bytes.

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