Thursday, January 25, 2007

New crypto-tools (hashes) required ...

Iang points out that the NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) 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). This is needed as a Chinese professor Wang is succeeding in attacking the current hash-standard SHA-1 (a sort of check-number algorithm).

See NIST-site for more techy details.