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RandomSupport.convertSeedBytesToLongs sign extension overwrites previous bytes



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      Class: ./java.base/share/classes/jdk/internal/util/random/RandomSupport.java
      Method: public static long[] convertSeedBytesToLongs(byte[] seed, int n, int z)

      The method attempts to create an array of longs by consuming the input bytes most significant bit first. New bytes are appended to the existing long using the OR operator on the signed byte. Due to sign extension this will overwrite all the existing bits from 63 to 8 if the next byte is negative.

      The bug will not readily manifest as a poorly seeded RNG with many of the bits in the generated long[] set to 1 quickly recovers and outputs a random sequence. Reproducing cannot be done without access to the internal class RandomSupport.

      I have extracted the part of the class with the bug into a driver program:

      public class RandomSupport {
        private static final char[] HEX_DIGITS =
            {'0', '1', '2', '3', '4', '5', '6', '7', '8', '9', 'a', 'b', 'c', 'd', 'e', 'f'};

        public static long[] convertSeedBytesToLongs(byte[] seed, int n, int z) {
          final long[] result = new long[n];
          final int m = Math.min(seed.length, n << 3);
          // Distribute seed bytes into the words to be formed.
          for (int j = 0; j < m; j++) {
            // Sign extension bug
            result[j >> 3] = (result[j >> 3] << 8) | seed[j];
          // Filling the rest of the long[] has been removed for brevity.
          // It only matters if the bytes are shorter than the desired length of long[].
          return result;

        public static long[] convertSeedBytesToLongsFixed(byte[] seed, int n, int z) {
          final long[] result = new long[n];
          final int m = Math.min(seed.length, n << 3);
          // Distribute seed bytes into the words to be formed.
          for (int j = 0; j < m; j++) {
            result[j >> 3] = (result[j >> 3] << 8) | (seed[j] & 0xff);
          return result;

        public static void main(String[] args) {
          RandomGenerator rng = RandomGeneratorFactory.of("L64X128MixRandom").create(42);
          for (int i = 1; i < 8; i++) {
            byte[] seed = new byte[i];
            for (int j = 0; j < 10; j++) {

              for (byte b : seed) {
                System.out.printf("%c%c", HEX_DIGITS[(b & 0xf0) >> 4], HEX_DIGITS[b & 0xf]);
              System.out.printf(" %-16s %-16s%n",
                  Long.toHexString(convertSeedBytesToLongs(seed, 1, 1)[0]),
                  Long.toHexString(convertSeedBytesToLongsFixed(seed, 1, 1)[0]));

      EXPECTED -
      Compile and run the driver program:

      > javac RandomSupport.java
      > java RandomSupport

      Column: Description
      1: Hex representation of the input byte[], most significant bits first
      2: Current long output (hex representation)
      3: Corrected long output (hex representation)

      12 12 12
      10 10 10
      38 38 38
      ec ffffffffffffffec ec
      8a ffffffffffffff8a 8a
      7e 7e 7e
      cf ffffffffffffffcf cf
      12 12 12
      11 11 11
      d4 ffffffffffffffd4 d4
      7ae2 ffffffffffffffe2 7ae2
      47c8 ffffffffffffffc8 47c8
      3cc0 ffffffffffffffc0 3cc0
      2475 2475 2475
      fdce ffffffffffffffce fdce
      7c04 7c04 7c04
      16a4 ffffffffffffffa4 16a4
      0bf1 fffffffffffffff1 bf1
      cb22 ffffffffffffcb22 cb22
      63eb ffffffffffffffeb 63eb
      6d72b7 ffffffffffffffb7 6d72b7
      ddd3a6 ffffffffffffffa6 ddd3a6
      6194a2 ffffffffffffffa2 6194a2
      d54bc0 ffffffffffffffc0 d54bc0
      3142f5 fffffffffffffff5 3142f5
      643056 643056 643056
      ff94ba ffffffffffffffba ff94ba
      86923e ffffffffffff923e 86923e
      faf8f0 fffffffffffffff0 faf8f0
      b69017 ffffffffffff9017 b69017
      f4b40258 ffffffffffb40258 f4b40258
      c099cae2 ffffffffffffffe2 c099cae2
      9273a475 ffffffffffffa475 9273a475
      99359c54 ffffffffffff9c54 99359c54
      c4bc9ec4 ffffffffffffffc4 c4bc9ec4
      b6fe22ae ffffffffffffffae b6fe22ae
      45da4c38 ffffffffffda4c38 45da4c38
      c88f5faf ffffffffffffffaf c88f5faf
      7e45efe8 ffffffffffffffe8 7e45efe8
      94c41ade ffffffffffffffde 94c41ade
      b4e3c54f86 ffffffffffffff86 b4e3c54f86
      b60419a301 ffffffffffffa301 b60419a301
      59c748bb7e ffffffffffffbb7e 59c748bb7e
      649d200092 ffffffffffffff92 649d200092
      1b92cd6d7d ffffffffffcd6d7d 1b92cd6d7d
      a53b475f48 ffffffa53b475f48 a53b475f48
      08437a5639 8437a5639 8437a5639
      7957b2be40 ffffffffffffbe40 7957b2be40
      2c725e4ba9 ffffffffffffffa9 2c725e4ba9
      f8e20015f8 fffffffffffffff8 f8e20015f8
      61647952a3cf ffffffffffffffcf 61647952a3cf
      c1a63d44671c ffffffa63d44671c c1a63d44671c
      08f4f39fa3cd ffffffffffffffcd 8f4f39fa3cd
      627a1e5efe40 fffffffffffffe40 627a1e5efe40
      60971cf0fa75 fffffffffffffa75 60971cf0fa75
      d4b76b20627c ffffffb76b20627c d4b76b20627c
      ad3590466c4a ffffffff90466c4a ad3590466c4a
      3d31e711953c ffffffffffff953c 3d31e711953c
      71b26c7c8c98 ffffffffffffff98 71b26c7c8c98
      cbadc78bf991 ffffffffffffff91 cbadc78bf991
      b7aba9f5d8b006 ffffffffffffb006 b7aba9f5d8b006
      e3da732bbdcc12 ffffffffffffcc12 e3da732bbdcc12
      7c3919405eb1ac ffffffffffffffac 7c3919405eb1ac
      5677bf994db54d ffffffffffffb54d 5677bf994db54d
      e06cb024107afd fffffffffffffffd e06cb024107afd
      65ff73250a89f7 fffffffffffffff7 65ff73250a89f7
      abb44e062013d2 ffffffffffffffd2 abb44e062013d2
      9f938d8a2c2239 ffffffff8a2c2239 9f938d8a2c2239
      375e554d2506c8 ffffffffffffffc8 375e554d2506c8
      90976dbbcf1cb2 ffffffffffffffb2 90976dbbcf1cb2

      ACTUAL -
      See expected result. The long created by the current code has many bits of the original input bytes overwritten with 1s (the output hex representation contains a lot of leading f characters). This results in loss of information in byte[] seeds.

      ---------- BEGIN SOURCE ----------
      See 'Steps to reproduce'
      ---------- END SOURCE ----------

      None. Currently any generator created using a random byte[] will not be seeded with the full randomness of the bytes. The only other method to create generators with a RandomGeneratorFactory uses a single long seed. Thus generators can only be created with 64-bits of randomness. Using a random byte[] will generate a long[] array for seeding where only the least significant 8-bits of each long are ensured to be random. The more significant bits have an increasing chance of being set to 1s. This is 1 - 1/(2^7) = 0.9921875 for the highest 8-bits in the long if 8 bytes were used to create it (as it has 7 chances to overwrite the bits as they are shifted up).


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