I'm going to guess the latter, but just wanted to ask here.

I want to have a relatively short signature, and my goal is to take a substring of the resulting hash.

  • $\begingroup$ Duplicate of HMAC-SHA1 vs HMAC-SHA256 and HMAC-SHA1 vs HMAC-SHA256 for data storage. In sum, use HMAC-SHA-256 because SHA-1 shouldn't be used for any new protocols, but HMAC-SHA-1 isn't broken. $\endgroup$ Commented Nov 27, 2022 at 8:18
  • $\begingroup$ HMAC doesn't depend on collision resistance of the hash used, so HMAC-SHA1 isn't insecure. However, as a general practice, it's always better to HMAC-SHA256 for newer implementations $\endgroup$
    – user93353
    Commented Nov 27, 2022 at 10:30
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    $\begingroup$ @samuel-lucas6 Neither directly addresses the substring issue, although it is mentioned in one of the comments in the first question. That said, taking a substring from a well distributed randomized value doesn't alter the strength of the algorithm. Uh, maybe that's the answer :) $\endgroup$
    – Maarten Bodewes
    Commented Nov 27, 2022 at 16:39
  • $\begingroup$ Are you asking about HMAC-SHA1 with a 160-bit tag vs plain SHA-256 truncated to 160 bits? $\endgroup$
    – forest
    Commented Nov 27, 2022 at 22:47
  • $\begingroup$ yes that's what I meant $\endgroup$ Commented Nov 28, 2022 at 3:12


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