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Re: MD5 versus SHA
>However, the choice of MD5 for SNMP did not include performance
In fact, this is exactly why we chose it. I should know. I was chair
fo the SNMP Security Working Group and I'm co-author of the security
Originally, we chose MD4, precisely because of its performance.
However, Rivest/RSADSI was quick to point out that the techniques used
in MD4 were "cutting edge" for hash algorithms and he was concerned
about its adoption before it had a chance to be properly scrutinized
(viz the recent observation about "patterns" in the second and third
rounds of its four rounds).
Thus was born MD5, an algorithm designed to be "fast" using techniques
generally considered "secure".
I'm sure Burt will let us know if I'm misrepresented Rivest/RSADSI's