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bug#9118: 23.3.50; Don't seed the RNG in message-unique-id


From: Lars Magne Ingebrigtsen
Subject: bug#9118: 23.3.50; Don't seed the RNG in message-unique-id
Date: Tue, 19 Jul 2011 16:57:27 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.110018 (No Gnus v0.18) Emacs/24.0.50 (gnu/linux)

Leo <address@hidden> writes:

> Function message-unique-id seeds the RNG every time it runs and relies
> on its undocumented return value. Should something like this be applied?
>
> --- a/message.el
> +++ b/message.el
> @@ -5484,7 +5484,8 @@
>    ;; Don't use microseconds from (current-time), they may be unsupported.
>    ;; Instead we use this randomly inited counter.
>    (setq message-unique-id-char
> -     (% (1+ (or message-unique-id-char (logand (random t) (1- (lsh 1 20)))))
> +     (% (1+ (or message-unique-id-char
> +                (logand (random most-positive-fixnum) (1- (lsh 1 20)))))

Unfortunately, Emacs doesn't seed itself on startup, so (random x) will
return the same thing every time you start Emacs.

So I don't think changing this is appropriate at this time.

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