Introduces the method crypto.randomUUID() for generating RFC 4122 version 4 identifiers. The method returns the namespace specific string representation (for example, "6e4decd0-6066-4a25-98e3-0227317cda52").

Motivation

Generating random UUIDs is a common need for web applications (the uuid module on npm is installed > 200,000,000 times a month). Developers who have not been exposed to RFC 4122 might naturally opt to invent their own approaches to UUID generation, potentially using insufficient PRNG implementations. Standardizing a UUID method, which dictates that a CSPRNG must be used, helps protect developers from security pitfalls.

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Status in Chromium

Blink>WebCrypto


Enabled by default (tracking bug)

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Last updated on 2021-08-31