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Bug #14677 Security issue due to seeding random number generator
Submitted: 2008-09-21 16:10 UTC
From: cweiske Assigned: wenz
Status: Closed Package: HTTP_Upload (version 0.9.1)
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 [2008-09-21 16:10 UTC] cweiske (Christian Weiske)
Description: ------------ The package lowers the security of randomly generated numbers by seeding the random number generator by itself. Please remove the [mt_]srand() call from the code. Manual seeding is not required since php 4.2.0, so this is safe. For more information, read: http://www.nabble.com/Re%3A-Random-number-generation-security-problem-p19595503.html http://news.php.net/php.pear.dev/50791 http://www.suspekt.org/2008/08/17/mt_srand-and-not-so-random-numbers/

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 [2008-10-01 11:52 UTC] wenz (Christian Wenz)
This bug has been fixed in CVS. If this was a documentation problem, the fix will appear on pear.php.net by the end of next Sunday (CET). If this was a problem with the pear.php.net website, the change should be live shortly. Otherwise, the fix will appear in the package's next release. Thank you for the report and for helping us make PEAR better. Thanks, fixed. The srand() security implications are not as grave in this package as they are in other contexts, though.