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Length extension attack The reason why $H(k || m)$ is insecure with most older hashes is that they use the Merkle–Damgård construction which suffers from length extensions. When length extensions are available it's possible to compute $H(k || m || m^\prime)$ knowing only $H(k || m)$ but not $k$. This violates the security requirements of a MAC. Like all ...

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Is there any advantage – other than potential memory or speed performance reasons – of picking a state size different from 512? If, what would the advantage(s) be? Yes. With 256-bit state, the main advantages are memory use and hardware implementation area. With 1024-bit state, a hardware implementation can be faster, but there are also security ...

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