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Date: Mon, 6 Jan 2014 17:57:58 -0600 (CST)
From: Steve Thomas <steve@...tu.com>
To: discussions@...sword-hashing.net
Subject: Re: [PHC] Security concern for Catena

> On January 6, 2014 at 4:04 PM Christian Forler
> <christian.forler@...-weimar.de> wrote:
>
>
> On 06.01.2014 22:02, Steve Thomas wrote:
> > I was about to implement Catena with 1/2 the memory and faster vs the
> > reference implementation.
>
> Cool. I'm eager to see the performance benchmarks of your
> implementation. Please contact me after you finished the implementation.
>

It's a little more than 2% faster and uses half the ram.
I also found another bug. Nothing that breaks security just changes the output.

You replace the data r[reverse(i, garlic)] with the new calculated value. When
you
do the next round you read memory sequentially because:
r[reverse(reverse(i, garlic), garlic)] == r[i]
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