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Why not just use the SHA1 only?

Why not just use the SHA1 only?

Posted Nov 15, 2008 14:56 UTC (Sat) by jbh (subscriber, #494)
In reply to: Why not just use the SHA1 only? by jbh
Parent article: /dev/ksm: dynamic memory sharing

Just to be clear: If you restrict yourself to "collision-prone" SHA1s, there's a 1/2^63 chance of conflict. With normal (random) SHA1s, the chance is 1/2^80. Deliberately creating a conflict with a given SHA1 (second preimage attack) is still 1/2^160, and the chance of that second preimage being non-gibberish substantially lower.

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