mongoc_rand man page

mongoc_rand — MongoDB Random Number Generator

Synopsis

void
mongoc_rand_add (const void *buf,
                 int         num,
                 doubel      entropy);

void
mongoc_rand_seed (const void *buf,
                  int         num);

int
mongoc_rand_status (void);

Description

The mongoc_rand family of functions provide access to the low level randomness primitives used by the MongoDB C Driver. In particular, they control the creation of cryptographically strong pseudo‐random bytes required by some security mechanisms.

While we can usually pull enough entropy from the environment, you may be required to seed the PRNG manually depending on your OS, hardware and other entropy consumers running on the same system.

Entropy

mongoc_rand_add and mongoc_rand_seed allow the user to directly provide entropy. They differ insofar as mongoc_rand_seed requires that each bit provided is fully random. mongoc_rand_add allows the user to specify the degree of randomness in the provided bytes as well.

Status

The mongoc_rand_status function allows the user to check the status of the mongoc PRNG. This can be used to guarantee sufficient entropy at program startup, rather than waiting for runtime errors to occur.

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2016‐10‐19 MongoDB C Driver