View Full Version : Keecak is the new SHA-3 competition winner

October 7th, 2012, 02:03 AM
On Oct 2, 2012 NIST announced Keecak was the winner of the SHA3 Cryptographic Hash Algorithm Competition. This algorithm is out of Italy and Belgium. Bruce Schneier's (my most favorite cryptographer) team who submitted the Skein algorithm came in second. It's difficult to say what the future of SHA3 will hold being that SHA1 is still the gold standard, so probably widespread implementation won't be for several years. Just wondering when pgp will start implementing this particular algorithms in its nightly releases. As far as widespread use by different browsers, I'd say SHA3 implementation won't be for several years unfortunately.


Welly Wu
October 7th, 2012, 02:10 AM
It won't be for another two more years at the minimum before Ubuntu adopts SHA-3 in GnuPG and LUKS, DM-Crypt, eCryptfs, and TrueCrypt adopts SHA-3 as well. It's just going to take more time for web browsers to implement it as well. Hash algorithms are terribly important in cryptography and they seem to get the least amount of attention. It's good to see that Keecak was adopted and SHA-3 is finalized. I can't wait to try it out myself sometime in the next 2 - 4 years from today.

October 12th, 2012, 09:16 PM
Bruce is advocating getting away from SHA1. Why are so many companies not already using SHA512?