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SHA-256 is a well know hash function that creates digests of 256 bits. This means that the size of the digest space is 2^256 (or at least it should be), ie, the range of the digest space is:

  • from 0x 00 00 00 ... 00 00 00
  • to 0x FF FF FF ... FF FF FF

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However, is there any kind of limitation in the SHA-256 algorithm that would not allow a specific range of digests?

For example: 0x 00 00 00 ... 00 00 00 and 0x FF FF FF ... FF FF FF are two possible digests for SHA-256 or it is impossible to exist a message that would hash into those values?

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