, Volume 3, Issue 1, pp 43-58

A fast software one-way hash function

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Abstract

One way hash functions are an important cryptographic primitive, and can be used to solve a wide variety of problems involving authentication and integrity. It would be useful to adopt a standard one-way hash function for use in a wide variety of systems throughout the world. Such a standard one-way hash function should be easy to implement, use, and understand; resistant to cryptographic attack, and should be fast when implemented in software. We present a candidate one-way hash function which appears to have these desirable properties. Further analysis of its cryptographic security is required before it can be considered for widespread use.