PHP 7.1.0 Released

random_bytes

(PHP 7)

random_bytesGenerates cryptographically secure pseudo-random bytes

Description

string random_bytes ( int $length )

Generates an arbitrary length string of cryptographic random bytes that are suitable for cryptographic use, such as when generating salts, keys or initialization vectors.

The sources of randomness used for this function are as follows:

  • On Windows, » CryptGenRandom() will always be used.
  • On Linux, the » getrandom(2) syscall will be used if available.
  • On other platforms, /dev/urandom will be used.
  • If none of the aforementioned sources are available, then an Exception will be thrown.

Note: Although this function was added to PHP in PHP 7.0, a » userland implementation is available for PHP 5.2 to 5.6, inclusive.

Parameters

length

The length of the random string that should be returned in bytes.

Return Values

Returns a string containing the requested number of cryptographically secure random bytes.

Errors/Exceptions

  • If an appropriate source of randomness cannot be found, an Exception will be thrown.
  • If invalid parameters are given, a TypeError will be thrown.
  • If an invalid length of bytes is given, an Error will be thrown.

Examples

Example #1 random_bytes() example

<?php
$bytes 
random_bytes(5);
var_dump(bin2hex($bytes));
?>

The above example will output something similar to:

string(10) "385e33f741"

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akam at akameng dot com
9 months ago
I used below function to create random token, and also a salt from the token. I used it in my application to prevent CSRF attack.

<?php
function RandomToken($length = 32){
    if(!isset(
$length) || intval($length) <= 8 ){
     
$length = 32;
    }
    if (
function_exists('random_bytes')) {
        return
bin2hex(random_bytes($length));
    }
    if (
function_exists('mcrypt_create_iv')) {
        return
bin2hex(mcrypt_create_iv($length, MCRYPT_DEV_URANDOM));
    }
    if (
function_exists('openssl_random_pseudo_bytes')) {
        return
bin2hex(openssl_random_pseudo_bytes($length));
    }
}

function
Salt(){
    return
substr(strtr(base64_encode(hex2bin(RandomToken(32))), '+', '.'), 0, 44);
}

echo (
RandomToken());
echo
"\n";
echo
Salt();
echo
"\n";

/*
This function is same as above but its only used for debugging
*/
function RandomTokenDebug($length = 32){
    if(!isset(
$length) || intval($length) <= 8 ){
     
$length = 32;
    }
   
$randoms = array();
    if (
function_exists('random_bytes')) {
       
$randoms['random_bytes'] = bin2hex(random_bytes($length));
    }
    if (
function_exists('mcrypt_create_iv')) {
       
$randoms['mcrypt_create_iv'] = bin2hex(mcrypt_create_iv($length, MCRYPT_DEV_URANDOM));
    }
    if (
function_exists('openssl_random_pseudo_bytes')) {
       
$randoms['openssl_random_pseudo_bytes'] = bin2hex(openssl_random_pseudo_bytes($length));
    }
   
    return
$randoms;
}
echo
"\n";
print_r (RandomTokenDebug());

?>
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niklongstone at gmail dot com
1 year ago
In order to handling better the result, could be useful to combine random_bytes with the unpack function, because gives more flexibility.

Example:
$bytes = random_bytes(10);
$value = unpack('H*', $bytes);
var_dump($value);

Output:
array(1) { [1]=> string(20) "5f655db3ae43c256937b" }
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