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This document describes a proposal for the window.crypto API.


Cryptographically Random Values

A cryptographically random value is a value generated from a cryptographically strong pseudo-random number generator seeded with truly random values. In practice, implementations should generate cryptographically random values using well-established cryptographic pseudo-random number generators, such as RC4, seeded with high-quality entropy, such as from an operating-system entropy source (e.g., /dev/urandom). This document provides no lower-bound on the information theoretic entropy present in cryptographically random values, but implementations should make a best effort to provide as much entropy as practicable.

Interface Crypto

interface Crypto {
  void getRandomValues(in ArrayBufferView array);

partial interface Window {
  readonly attribute Crypto crypto;

The getRandomValues(array) must run the following steps:

  1. array is an ArrayBufferView. If array is not of an integer type (i.e., Int8Array, Uint8Array, Int16Array, Uint16Array, Int32Array, or Uint32Array), throw a TYPE_MISMATCH_ERR and abort these steps.
  2. Overwrite all elements of array with cryptographically random values of the appropriate type.