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Hash Functions Based on Block Ciphers
 Proc. of EUROCRYPT 92
, 1993
"... . Iterated hash functions based on block ciphers are treated. Five attacks on an iterated hash function and on its round function are formulated. The wisdom of strengthening such hash functions by constraining the last block of the message to be hashed is stressed. Schemes for constructing mbit ..."
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. Iterated hash functions based on block ciphers are treated. Five attacks on an iterated hash function and on its round function are formulated. The wisdom of strengthening such hash functions by constraining the last block of the message to be hashed is stressed. Schemes for constructing mbit and 2mbit hash round functions from mbit block ciphers are studied. A principle is formalized for evaluating the strength of hash round functions, viz., that applying computationally simple #in both directions# invertible transformations to the input and output of a hash round function yields a new hash round function with the same security. By applying this principle, four attacks on three previously proposed 2mbit hash round functions are formulated. Finally, three new hash round functions based on an mbit block cipher with a 2mbit key are proposed. 1 Introduction This paper is intended to provide a rather rounded treatment of hash functions that are obtained by iterati...