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Date: Mon, 20 Jul 2015 23:29:29 +0530
From: Somitra Sanadhya <>
Subject: Re: [PHC] PHC winner and special recognitions

Many congratulations to the Argon team.


On Mon, Jul 20, 2015 at 11:13 PM, Jean-Philippe Aumasson <> wrote:

> On behalf of the Password Hashing Competition (PHC) panel:
> We have selected *Argon2* as a basis for the final PHC winner. We will
> work with the designers to determine the final version, and in particular
> what tweaks will be made. This discussion will be carried out on the public
> PHC mailing list (, and everyone can
> contribute.
> We will eventually release a final specification and reference C code of
> the final Argon2-based winner.
> Moreover, we give special recognition to the following submissions:
> * *Catena*, for its agile framework approach and side-channel resistance.
> * *Lyra2*, for its elegant sponge-based design, and alternative approach
> to side-channel resistance.
> * *Makwa*, for its unique delegation feature and its factoring-based
> security.
> * *yescrypt*, for its rich feature set and easy upgrade path from scrypt.
> We will also endorse those four algorithms for scenarios in which their
> unique capabilities are essential, although the Argon2-based winner will be
> our main recommendation. Like for Argon2, the current versions are not the
> final versions: their designers are permitted and encouraged to submit
> improvements to their design, and the panel may ask for specific changes.
> We expect the winner and the special recognitions to be finalized by end
> of Q3 2015.
> Thanks to all PHC contributors!

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