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So I have a partial input data (string) PART1+UNKNOWN+PART2, length of UNKNOWN is self-describing. I have a bunch of valid hashes (about 8 or so) that are compatible.

My question is then: will bruteforce search for full collision given the data at hand be as long?

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  • $\begingroup$ Are you really asking for the collisions or finding the pre-images so that once can find the unknown part? $\endgroup$ – kelalaka Apr 6 at 16:58
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Yes, but please note that the question/answers you are pointing to are about partial collisions on the output, not partial input. Finding a full hash collision is not computationally feasible for hash functions that are considered secure, such as SHA-256.

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