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> > What does this seed accomplish?  What problem does it solve?
> >
> I suspect it is related to this:
> attackers may use the properties of a hash function to construct a denial
> > of service attack. They could do this by providing strings to your hash
> > function that all hash to the same value destroying the performance of your
> > hash table. But if you use a different seed for each run of your program,
> > the set of strings the attackers must use changes.


-- Roberto