Re: help ragarding licensing keys

From: Joseph Ashwood (
Date: 10/24/05

Date: Mon, 24 Oct 2005 07:41:22 GMT

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> i have an algo to generate a random alphanumeric key ..
> i want to chk its randomness... so that no two keys are same and its
> not guessable.. is there any test or procedure for that

The good news is that such tests exist. There are a couple pieces of bad
news though. First, the test is performed by having a significant body of
cryptanalysts examine it for weaknesses and as such the test is expensive.
Second, the test doesn't say what you want it to say, it will only tell you
if there are any weaknesses known in the bahavior of your system, not
whether or not there are any weaknesses. The worst news of all is that it
appears to be a hard problem and there may not be any actual solution for
secure license keys (and some very good arguments saying that they do not