Popular Cryptographic Hash Function Possibly Broken
from the uh-oh dept
Last summer, there were rumors swirling that some researchers had figured out how to break SHA-1, a widely-used cryptographic hash function. While it wasn't quite what was advertised, it was clear that some researchers were getting closer, and now Bruce Schneier is reporting that SHA-1 has been broken. If true, then it could require quite a bit of effort to change old systems that rely on it, and could present quite a bit of pain for certain companies.