Friday, May 20, 2011

SHA-3: Competition, Misnomer

So as I mentioned in my last series of posts, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is having a competition to replace the aging Secure Hash Standard (SHA-1/SHA-2).  They are calling it, thus far, SHA-3. 

This would be the third hash standard, as indicated by the name.  At the same time, this version is going to be COMPLETELY different from the previous versions, top to bottom.  I think the name is a little misleading...

When they replaced the Data Encryption Standard with the Advanced Encryption Standard a number of years ago, they changed the name to reflect the fact that the new standard was completely different, and much much better.  I'm of the opinion that whatever they pick (*COUGH*SKEIN*COUGH*) should be called the Advanced Hashing Standard (AHS) to reflect the same.

Makes sense, right?

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