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Date:	Mon, 3 Nov 2008 00:33:45 +0000 (UTC)
From: (David Wagner)
Subject: Re: [PATCH] crypto: Add Skein hash algorithm variants

Jeff Garzik  wrote:
>This is the first draft of the Skein hash algorithm that was recently
>mentioned, as a prominent submission to NIST's SHA-3 competition.

Adding Skein to the kernel makes no sense, from a cryptographic point of
view, at this point in time.  The appropriate point would be after it
has been analyzed and vetted by crypto experts over a period of time.
I suspect even the designers of Skein would advise you not to use the
algorithm until other cryptographers have had a chance to examine it and
it has been subjected to cryptanalysis over a period of time.  The same
goes for all new submissions to the NIST competition.
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