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Date: Mon, 10 Nov 2014 10:21:22 +0100
From: Milan Broz <>
Subject: Re: [PHC] Another PHC candidates "mechanical" tests

On 11/10/2014 10:04 AM, Solar Designer wrote:
> On Mon, Nov 10, 2014 at 09:22:23AM +0100, Milan Broz wrote:
>>  - Yescrypt seems to produce different hash for 32bytes length than for other requested lengths
>>    if it is intended
> Yes, and yes.  256-bit (32 bytes) is a special case usable for
> yescrypt's builtin support for "server relief".  For other output
> lengths, that functionality is not applicable, so the corresponding
> post-processing is bypassed.  For uses of yescrypt that don't care about
> "server relief" (which most of them won't), this should not matter.

Ah, missed this. Thanks for explanation!

> (yescrypt-lite will probably only support 32 byte output, so will invoke
> those code paths unconditionally.)
>> (and not my mistake) then probably PHS() should fail for other req. output
> Why?  The PHC call for submissions doesn't say anywhere that PHS()
> output for a shorter length should be a prefix of its output for a
> longer length.  In other words, the requested output length might or
> might not affect any/all output bits.

Yes. But the "32 bytes special case" is IMHO confusing.

> In fact, now that you bring this up, I think a slight improvement might
> be to always have the requested output length affect all of the output
> bits, even if just to avoid any confusion of this sort ("hey, there's a
> special case here").

Exactly! I think if it is dependent of output length then it should
be for the whole set. But just my 2 eurocents... :)


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