Random String generation

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Random String generation

Postby amehta » Sat Feb 17, 2018 11:30 am

I am trying to look for a method to generate RANDOM STRING in ESP32, but couldn't find it. Can somebody please point me in the right direction?

I have found the ability to generate RANDOM NUMBER using uint32_t esp_random(void); of esp_system.h but I am looking for a random alphanumeric string generation.

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Re: Random String generation

Postby iot_guy » Sat Feb 17, 2018 3:02 pm

Use a random number as the ASCII code for each character in the string. E.g. (not tested)

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// Generate random string in "str" of length "len" chars
static void get_random_string(char *str, unsigned int len)
    unsigned int i;

    // reseed the random number generator
    for (i = 0; i < len; i++)
        // Add random printable ASCII char
        str[i] = (rand() % ('~' - ' ')) + ' ';
    str[i] = '\0';

static char string[21];

// Get random string of length 10
get_random_string(string, 10);

print("random string = %s\n", string);

Note: Be very careful with random variable generation if using them for cryptographic reasons (not a trivial subject)! The above method would not suffice for cryptographic purposes. srand is also not thread safe.

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Re: Random String generation

Postby tele_player » Sat Feb 17, 2018 5:29 pm

Caution: the code listed above has a bug, it writes beyond the end of the array.

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Re: Random String generation

Postby WiFive » Sat Feb 17, 2018 6:31 pm

Base64 encode?

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