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NIST opens competition for new cryptographic algorithm.
Press Release Summary:
Nov 29, 2007 - NIST issued a Call for a New Cryptographic Hash Algorithm Family in a Federal Register Notice on Nov. 2, 2007. The announcement specified the submission requirements, the minimum acceptability requirements, and the evaluation criteria for candidate hash algorithms. To be called Secure Hash Algorithm-3 (SHA-3), it will augment the hash algorithms currently specified in the Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 180-2, Secure Hash Standard.
Original Press Release
NIST Issues Call for a New 'Hash' Algorithm
Press release date: Nov 27, 2007
FIPS 180-2 specifies five cryptographic hash algorithms, including SHA-1 and the SHA-2 family of hash algorithms. Because serious attacks have been reported in recent years against cryptographic hash algorithms, including SHA-1, and because SHA-1 and the SHA-2 family share a similar design, NIST has decided to standardize an additional hash algorithm to augment the ones currently specified in FIPS 180-2.
NIST issued a Call for a New Cryptographic Hash Algorithm (SHA-3) Family in a Federal Register Notice on Nov. 2, 2007. The announcement specifies the submission requirements, the minimum acceptability requirements, and the evaluation criteria for candidate hash algorithms. Entries for the competition must be received by Oct. 31, 2008. Details about the competition are available at http://www.nist.gov/hash-competition.
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