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My first look at the SHA-3 candidates

December 16 2008

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I have just spent all afternoon looking over the SHA-3 candidates. What I am looking for is hash primitives that, like RadioGatun, are able to output hashes of arbitrary size (work as stream cipher). Of the many submissions, only four unbroken submissions appear to be able to do this:

I hope one of these submissions win, because would be nice to have something that is standardized both as a hash function and as a stream cipher.