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Date: Mon, 07 Apr 2014 13:37:35 +0200
From: Christian Forler <christian.forler@...-weimar.de>
To: discussions@...sword-hashing.net
Subject: Re: [PHC] Re: Mechanical tests

On 07.04.2014 11:47, Bill Cox wrote:

[..]
>> A common use-case for a password hashing schemes is password based key
>> derivation. Cryptographers assume that keys to be random. This
>> assumption is crucial for the security of almost all cryptographic
>> schemes. Therefore, (for an adversary) the output of a good password
>> hashing scheme should be indistinguishable from random. Hence, dieharder
>> is IMHO a valid sanity check tool.
>>

> In that case, you might be happy to know that Catena passed :-)

Any other result might imply that 1) there is a software bug or 2)
BLAKE2b/SHA-512 has a serious security issue.

Nevertheless, I'm glad to here that Catena passed the test. :-)

Best regards,
Christian










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