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Publication Citation: Secure Hash Standard: Updated Specifications Approved and Issued as Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 180-4

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Author(s): Shirley M. Radack;
Title: Secure Hash Standard: Updated Specifications Approved and Issued as Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 180-4
Published: May 09, 2012
Abstract: This bulletin summarizes the information that is included in revised Federal Information Processing Standard 180-4, Secure Hash Standard. The revised standard, announced in a March 6, 2012, Federal Register notice, was approved by the Secretary of Commerce to replace an earlier standard, FIPS 180-3. Seven hash algorithms are specified for use as components by other cryptographic algorithms and processes to provide information security services. The bulletin covers the changes implemented in FIPS 180-4, the process for the review and approval of the revised standard, the requirements for validation of hash algorithms, the functions of hash algorithms, and NIST's ongoing competition to select a new robust hash algorithm that will meet future requirements. References are provided to NIST publications and information that support the application of strong cryptographic methods.
Citation: ITLB -
Pages: 5 pp.
Keywords: computer security; cryptographic toolkit; Computer Model Validation Program; cryptography; Federal Information Processing Standards; hash algorithm; hash function; information security; information technology; message digest; NIST Special Publications; threats; vulnerabilities
Research Areas: Information Technology, Cybersecurity
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