CIS/Microsoft Seminar -MD6 Hash Function
Speaker: Ron Rivest , CIS, CSAIL, MIT
Date: September 12 2008
Time: 10:30AM to 12:00PM
Contact: Be, 3-6098, firstname.lastname@example.org
Recent developments in cryptanalytic techniques
(most notably the differential collision-finding attacks)
have led to surprisingly effective breaks or near-breaks
of many existing hash functions, such as MD5 and SHA-1.
This has led NIST to propose a "hash function contest"
to design what may be selected as a new national hash
function standard, called SHA-3. Proposals for this
contest are due in October of this year.
This talk describes the MD6 hash function, which will
be submitted to this contest. MD6 has a high degree of
parallelizability (it is tree-based), and provable resistance
to standard differential collision-finding attacks. We discuss
the design principles and security of MD6.
This work is joint with quite a few colleagues and students,
whose names will be listed in the talk.
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