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Chinese hack your keys 
15th-Feb-2006 10:27 am
This is kind of an addendum to my previous post on TPM and Windows Vista.

Chinese researchers compromise SHA-1 hashing algorithm

Rick Merritt
EE Times
(02/16/2005 9:36 AM EST)

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif — A team of three Chinese researchers have compromised the SHA-1 hashing algorithm at the core of many of today's mainstream security products. Top cryptographers said users can still rely on today's SHA-1-based systems and applications, but next-generation products will need to move to new algorithms.

The SHA-1 algorithm is used in the World Wide Web's Secure Sockets Layer (used in online banking and shopping), the TPM, and RFID tags (which could be cracked by a cellphone).

A fix won't be ready until 2010. Microsoft is expected to release Windows Vista, which heavily uses TPM version 1.2, toward the end of this year.
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