[TYPO3-core] TYPO3 md5 hashes - exemplified in bug#4363

Martin Kutschker martin.kutschker-n0spam at no5pam-blackbox.net
Fri Oct 13 17:23:06 CEST 2006

Kasper Skårhøj schrieb:
> Isn't the "ident" field used for plain text strings and you are talking 
> about hashes?

I'm talking about both :-)

While the mentioned bug is about the ident field, it brought up my long 
standing oopnion about md5-hashes.

> Please, prove actual problems with shortening md5 hashes and solve those 
> cases when they surface. Don't change it for the theory of it, if it 
> works. Thats an order :-)

Well, you can and will hav collisoins with the full md5-hash. If you're 
shortening the string you increase the chance for a collision. The fact 
that it still may rare doesn't mean that it doesn't exist.


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