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Re: Cracking MD5 for $10M
>...another algorithm dominates it
>for single processor loop detection... at least in storage space. It
>works as follows: get a sequence of values v(i+1) = MD5(v(i));
>simultaneously get another sequence w(i+1) = MD5(MD5(w(i))), and start them
>at the same place, v(0) = w(0). That is, you're running one of them twice
>as fast as the other.
I like to call this the "two race cars" algorithm--you start a fast car
ahead of a slow car on a single-lane track, and if the fast one runs
into the slow one it's a looped track.
Funny, just two weeks ago a coworker put a 32-bit CRC function into
the programming language I use, and I was playing with finding collisions.
(I bet a dollar there would be a non-trivial collision between CRCs of the
76,000 files on our biggest disk and lost.)
Has anyone mentioned using this sort of method to generate same-hash texts
with, say, opposite meanings?
David Wagner says--
>Another thing -- I'm not sure this method is (directly) useful for
>generating lots of collisions, if that is what is desired. I believe
>Dr. Hellman wrote some paper about the cycling properties of random
>functions (out of interest in DES), and he concluded (if I remember
>correctly) that when you generate lots of random starting values and
>look at their cycling properties, most starting values will drain into
>a very few specific cycles.
Seems to me that even if lots of random starting points drain into
the same cycle, you've still got lots of collisions. Either points where
the sequences join the cycle, or points where different tributaries join
each other before joining the cycle.
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