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    Big News in Crypto

    SHA-3 winner has been announced. Schneier's entry of Skein did not win. Instead Keccak won. This is the second time a Schneier entry has made the finals and lost (the other was with Twofish who got beat out by Rijndael to become AES).

    For those who don't know, SHA-3 will become the new hashing algorithm standard soon.
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    Cool! When do you think applications like TrueCrypt will adopt this?

    Sadly I don't see SSL-"secured" sites using this any time soon. So many sites still use horribly weak hash algorithms, even worse than SHA-1 most of the time (as far as I know, correct me if I'm wrong).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stonecold1995 View Post
    Cool! When do you think applications like TrueCrypt will adopt this?
    NIST will have to finalize everything first, and then release specifications, etc. I mean the design is already known and open, but they will have to release docs and implementation info, etc. I would say it will take most software close to a year to start implementing it, though maybe a little sooner.

    Sadly I don't see SSL-"secured" sites using this any time soon. So many sites still use horribly weak hash algorithms, even worse than SHA-1 most of the time (as far as I know, correct me if I'm wrong).
    Well, MD5 is what you need to avoid. It is utterly broken. SHA-1 is still thought to be secure, but has chinks in its armor. SHA-2 is still very secure by all accounts.
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    Re: Big News in Crypto

    Doesn't Ubuntu still sign the packages with MD5?

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    Re: Big News in Crypto

    Quote Originally Posted by Lars Noodén View Post
    Doesn't Ubuntu still sign the packages with MD5?
    Yes.

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    I thought they also use SHA-2.

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