Friday, January 26, 2007

NIST's Plan for New Cryptographic Hash Functions

"Due to recent attacks on the SHA-1 hash function specified in FIPS 180-2, Secure Hash Standard, NIST is initiating an effort to develop one or more additional hash algorithms through a public competition, similar to the development process for the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES)."

For all the details, see the NIST site.

I think this will be a very interesting thread to follow. In particular, because hash algorithms are implemented so widely, the choices of standards groups and coders around algorithm agility, as Bruce Schneier points out, may be significant.

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