October 3, 2012

SHA-3 winner announced

Congrats to the cryptographers of Keccak for winning NIST's SHA-3 competition.

The short SHA-3 Selection Announcement is worth the read.

I've already been asked the following question:
Q:  When will SHA-3 be an approved security function for FIPS 140-2 cryptographic modules?

The answer is easy, but I do not know the date:
A:  As soon as it is included in Annex A:  Approved Security Functions for FIPS 140-2

Additional info:  Wiki on SHA-3 NIST hash function competition

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