Skip to main content
U.S. flag

An official website of the United States government

Official websites use .gov
A .gov website belongs to an official government organization in the United States.

Secure .gov websites use HTTPS
A lock ( ) or https:// means you’ve safely connected to the .gov website. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites.

Statistical Testing of Random Number Generators

Published

Author(s)

D L. Banks

Abstract

Random Number Generators (RNGs) are an important building block for algorithms and protocols in cryptography. They are paramount in the construction of encryption keys and other cryptographic algorithm parameters. In practice, statistical testing is employed to gather evidence that a generator indeed produces numbers that appear to be random. Few resources are readily available to researchers in academia and industry who wish to analyze their newly developed RNG. To address this problem, NIST has developed new metrics that may be employed to investigate the randomness of cryptographic RNGs. In this paper, issues such as statistical test suites, evaluation frameworks, and the interpretation of results are addressed.
Proceedings Title
Proceedings of the 22nd National Information Systems Security Conference
Conference Dates
October 18-21, 1999
Conference Title
National Information Systems Security Conference

Keywords

random number generators, randomness, statistical tests

Citation

Banks, D. (1999), Statistical Testing of Random Number Generators, Proceedings of the 22nd National Information Systems Security Conference (Accessed June 25, 2024)

Issues

If you have any questions about this publication or are having problems accessing it, please contact reflib@nist.gov.

Created October 19, 1999, Updated February 19, 2017