Network Working Group R. Rivest
Request for Comments: 1320 MIT Laboratory for Computer Science
Obsoletes: RFC 1186 and RSA Data Security, Inc.
April 1992
The MD4 MessageDigest Algorithm
Status of thie Memo
This memo provides information for the Internet community. It does
not specify an Internet standard. Distribution of this memo is
unlimited.
Acknowlegements
We would like to thank Don Coppersmith, Burt Kaliski, Ralph Merkle,
and Noam Nisan for numerous helpful comments and suggestions.
Table of Contents
1. Executive Summary 1
2. Terminology and Notation 2
3. MD4 Algorithm Description 2
4. Summary 6
References 6
APPENDIX A  Reference Implementation 6
Security Considerations 20
Author's Address 20
1. Executive Summary
This document describes the MD4 messagedigest algorithm [1]. The
algorithm takes as input a message of arbitrary length and produces
as output a 128bit "fingerprint" or "message digest" of the input.
It is conjectured that it is computationally infeasible to produce
two messages having the same message digest, or to produce any
message having a given prespecified target message digest. The MD4
algorithm is intended for digital signature applications, where a
large file must be "compressed" in a secure manner before being
encrypted with a private (secret) key under a publickey cryptosystem
such as RSA.
The MD4 algorithm is designed to be quite fast on 32bit machines. In
addition, the MD4 algorithm does not require any large substitution
tables; the algorithm can be coded quite compactly.
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The MD4 algorithm is being placed in the public domain for review and
possible adoption as a standard.
This document replaces the October 1990 RFC 1186 [2]. The main
difference is that the reference implementation of MD4 in the
appendix is more portable.
For OSIbased applications, MD4's object identifier is
md4 OBJECT IDENTIFIER ::=
{iso(1) memberbody(2) US(840) rsadsi(113549) digestAlgorithm(2) 4}
In the X.509 type AlgorithmIdentifier [3], the parameters for MD4
should have type NULL.
2. Terminology and Notation
In this document a "word" is a 32bit quantity and a "byte" is an
eightbit quantity. A sequence of bits can be interpreted in a
natural manner as a sequence of bytes, where each consecutive group
of eight bits is interpreted as a byte with the highorder (most
significant) bit of each byte listed first. Similarly, a sequence of
bytes can be interpreted as a sequence of 32bit words, where each
consecutive group of four bytes is interpreted as a word with the
loworder (least significant) byte given first.
Let x_i denote "x sub i". If the subscript is an expression, we
surround it in braces, as in x_{i+1}. Similarly, we use ^ for
superscripts (exponentiation), so that x^i denotes x to the ith
power.
Let the symbol "+" denote addition of words (i.e., modulo2^32
addition). Let X <<< s denote the 32bit value obtained by circularly
shifting (rotating) X left by s bit positions. Let not(X) denote the
bitwise complement of X, and let X v Y denote the bitwise OR of X
and Y. Let X xor Y denote the bitwise XOR of X and Y, and let XY
denote the bitwise AND of X and Y.
3. MD4 Algorithm Description
We begin by supposing that we have a bbit message as input, and that
we wish to find its message digest. Here b is an arbitrary
nonnegative integer; b may be zero, it need not be a multiple of
eight, and it may be arbitrarily large. We imagine the bits of the
message written down as follows:
m_0 m_1 ... m_{b1}
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The following five steps are performed to compute the message digest
of the message.
3.1 Step 1. Append Padding Bits
The message is "padded" (extended) so that its length (in bits) is
congruent to 448, modulo 512. That is, the message is extended so
that it is just 64 bits shy of being a multiple of 512 bits long.
Padding is always performed, even if the length of the message is
already congruent to 448, modulo 512.
Padding is performed as follows: a single "1" bit is appended to the
message, and then "0" bits are appended so that the length in bits of
the padded message becomes congruent to 448, modulo 512. In all, at
least one bit and at most 512 bits are appended.
3.2 Step 2. Append Length
A 64bit representation of b (the length of the message before the
padding bits were added) is appended to the result of the previous
step. In the unlikely event that b is greater than 2^64, then only
the loworder 64 bits of b are used. (These bits are appended as two
32bit words and appended loworder word first in accordance with the
previous conventions.)
At this point the resulting message (after padding with bits and with
b) has a length that is an exact multiple of 512 bits. Equivalently,
this message has a length that is an exact multiple of 16 (32bit)
words. Let M[0 ... N1] denote the words of the resulting message,
where N is a multiple of 16.
3.3 Step 3. Initialize MD Buffer
A fourword buffer (A,B,C,D) is used to compute the message digest.
Here each of A, B, C, D is a 32bit register. These registers are
initialized to the following values in hexadecimal, loworder bytes
first):
word A: 01 23 45 67
word B: 89 ab cd ef
word C: fe dc ba 98
word D: 76 54 32 10
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3.4 Step 4. Process Message in 16Word Blocks
We first define three auxiliary functions that each take as input
three 32bit words and produce as output one 32bit word.
F(X,Y,Z) = XY v not(X) Z
G(X,Y,Z) = XY v XZ v YZ
H(X,Y,Z) = X xor Y xor Z
In each bit position F acts as a conditional: if X then Y else Z.
The function F could have been defined using + instead of v since XY
and not(X)Z will never have "1" bits in the same bit position.) In
each bit position G acts as a majority function: if at least two of
X, Y, Z are on, then G has a "1" bit in that bit position, else G has
a "0" bit. It is interesting to note that if the bits of X, Y, and Z
are independent and unbiased, the each bit of f(X,Y,Z) will be
independent and unbiased, and similarly each bit of g(X,Y,Z) will be
independent and unbiased. The function H is the bitwise XOR or
parity" function; it has properties similar to those of F and G.
Do the following:
Process each 16word block. */
For i = 0 to N/161 do
/* Copy block i into X. */
For j = 0 to 15 do
Set X[j] to M[i*16+j].
end /* of loop on j */
/* Save A as AA, B as BB, C as CC, and D as DD. */
AA = A
BB = B
CC = C
DD = D
/* Round 1. */
/* Let [abcd k s] denote the operation
a = (a + F(b,c,d) + X[k]) <<< s. */
/* Do the following 16 operations. */
[ABCD 0 3] [DABC 1 7] [CDAB 2 11] [BCDA 3 19]
[ABCD 4 3] [DABC 5 7] [CDAB 6 11] [BCDA 7 19]
[ABCD 8 3] [DABC 9 7] [CDAB 10 11] [BCDA 11 19]
[ABCD 12 3] [DABC 13 7] [CDAB 14 11] [BCDA 15 19]
/* Round 2. */
/* Let [abcd k s] denote the operation
a = (a + G(b,c,d) + X[k] + 5A827999) <<< s. */
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/* Do the following 16 operations. */
[ABCD 0 3] [DABC 4 5] [CDAB 8 9] [BCDA 12 13]
[ABCD 1 3] [DABC 5 5] [CDAB 9 9] [BCDA 13 13]
[ABCD 2 3] [DABC 6 5] [CDAB 10 9] [BCDA 14 13]
[ABCD 3 3] [DABC 7 5] [CDAB 11 9] [BCDA 15 13]
/* Round 3. */
/* Let [abcd k s] denote the operation
a = (a + H(b,c,d) + X[k] + 6ED9EBA1) <<< s. */
/* Do the following 16 operations. */
[ABCD 0 3] [DABC 8 9] [CDAB 4 11] [BCDA 12 15]
[ABCD 2 3] [DABC 10 9] [CDAB 6 11] [BCDA 14 15]
[ABCD 1 3] [DABC 9 9] [CDAB 5 11] [BCDA 13 15]
[ABCD 3 3] [DABC 11 9] [CDAB 7 11] [BCDA 15 15]
/* Then perform the following additions. (That is, increment each
of the four registers by the value it had before this block
was started.) */
A = A + AA
B = B + BB
C = C + CC
D = D + DD
end /* of loop on i */
Note. The value 5A..99 is a hexadecimal 32bit constant, written with
the highorder digit first. This constant represents the square root
of 2. The octal value of this constant is 013240474631.
The value 6E..A1 is a hexadecimal 32bit constant, written with the
highorder digit first. This constant represents the square root of
3. The octal value of this constant is 015666365641.
See Knuth, The Art of Programming, Volume 2 (Seminumerical
Algorithms), Second Edition (1981), AddisonWesley. Table 2, page
660.
3.5 Step 5. Output
The message digest produced as output is A, B, C, D. That is, we
begin with the loworder byte of A, and end with the highorder byte
of D.
This completes the description of MD4. A reference implementation in
C is given in the appendix.
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4. Summary
The MD4 messagedigest algorithm is simple to implement, and provides
a "fingerprint" or message digest of a message of arbitrary length.
It is conjectured that the difficulty of coming up with two messages
having the same message digest is on the order of 2^64 operations,
and that the difficulty of coming up with any message having a given
message digest is on the order of 2^128 operations. The MD4 algorithm
has been carefully scrutinized for weaknesses. It is, however, a
relatively new algorithm and further security analysis is of course
justified, as is the case with any new proposal of this sort.
References
[1] Rivest, R., "The MD4 message digest algorithm", in A.J. Menezes
and S.A. Vanstone, editors, Advances in Cryptology  CRYPTO '90
Proceedings, pages 303311, SpringerVerlag, 1991.
[2] Rivest, R., "The MD4 Message Digest Algorithm", RFC 1186, MIT,
October 1990.
[3] CCITT Recommendation X.509 (1988), "The Directory 
Authentication Framework".
[4] Rivest, R., "The MD5 MessageDigest Algorithm", RFC 1321, MIT and
RSA Data Security, Inc, April 1992.
APPENDIX A  Reference Implementation
This appendix contains the following files:
global.h  global header file
md4.h  header file for MD4
md4c.c  source code for MD4
mddriver.c  test driver for MD2, MD4 and MD5
The driver compiles for MD5 by default but can compile for MD2 or MD4
if the symbol MD is defined on the C compiler command line as 2 or 4.
The implementation is portable and should work on many different
plaforms. However, it is not difficult to optimize the implementation
on particular platforms, an exercise left to the reader. For example,
on "littleendian" platforms where the lowestaddressed byte in a 32
bit word is the least significant and there are no alignment
restrictions, the call to Decode in MD4Transform can be replaced with
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a typecast.
A.1 global.h
/* GLOBAL.H  RSAREF types and constants
*/
/* PROTOTYPES should be set to one if and only if the compiler supports
function argument prototyping.
The following makes PROTOTYPES default to 0 if it has not already
been defined with C compiler flags.
*/
#ifndef PROTOTYPES
#define PROTOTYPES 0
#endif
/* POINTER defines a generic pointer type */
typedef unsigned char *POINTER;
/* UINT2 defines a two byte word */
typedef unsigned short int UINT2;
/* UINT4 defines a four byte word */
typedef unsigned long int UINT4;
/* PROTO_LIST is defined depending on how PROTOTYPES is defined above.
If using PROTOTYPES, then PROTO_LIST returns the list, otherwise it
returns an empty list.
*/
#if PROTOTYPES
#define PROTO_LIST(list) list
#else
#define PROTO_LIST(list) ()
#endif
A.2 md4.h
/* MD4.H  header file for MD4C.C
*/
/* Copyright (C) 19912, RSA Data Security, Inc. Created 1991. All
rights reserved.
License to copy and use this software is granted provided that it
is identified as the "RSA Data Security, Inc. MD4 MessageDigest
Algorithm" in all material mentioning or referencing this software
or this function.
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License is also granted to make and use derivative works provided
that such works are identified as "derived from the RSA Data
Security, Inc. MD4 MessageDigest Algorithm" in all material
mentioning or referencing the derived work.
RSA Data Security, Inc. makes no representations concerning either
the merchantability of this software or the suitability of this
software for any particular purpose. It is provided "as is"
without express or implied warranty of any kind.
These notices must be retained in any copies of any part of this
documentation and/or software.
*/
/* MD4 context. */
typedef struct {
UINT4 state[4]; /* state (ABCD) */
UINT4 count[2]; /* number of bits, modulo 2^64 (lsb first) */
unsigned char buffer[64]; /* input buffer */
} MD4_CTX;
void MD4Init PROTO_LIST ((MD4_CTX *));
void MD4Update PROTO_LIST
((MD4_CTX *, unsigned char *, unsigned int));
void MD4Final PROTO_LIST ((unsigned char [16], MD4_CTX *));
A.3 md4c.c
/* MD4C.C  RSA Data Security, Inc., MD4 messagedigest algorithm
*/
/* Copyright (C) 19902, RSA Data Security, Inc. All rights reserved.
License to copy and use this software is granted provided that it
is identified as the "RSA Data Security, Inc. MD4 MessageDigest
Algorithm" in all material mentioning or referencing this software
or this function.
License is also granted to make and use derivative works provided
that such works are identified as "derived from the RSA Data
Security, Inc. MD4 MessageDigest Algorithm" in all material
mentioning or referencing the derived work.
RSA Data Security, Inc. makes no representations concerning either
the merchantability of this software or the suitability of this
software for any particular purpose. It is provided "as is"
without express or implied warranty of any kind.
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These notices must be retained in any copies of any part of this
documentation and/or software.
*/
#include "global.h"
#include "md4.h"
/* Constants for MD4Transform routine.
*/
#define S11 3
#define S12 7
#define S13 11
#define S14 19
#define S21 3
#define S22 5
#define S23 9
#define S24 13
#define S31 3
#define S32 9
#define S33 11
#define S34 15
static void MD4Transform PROTO_LIST ((UINT4 [4], unsigned char [64]));
static void Encode PROTO_LIST
((unsigned char *, UINT4 *, unsigned int));
static void Decode PROTO_LIST
((UINT4 *, unsigned char *, unsigned int));
static void MD4_memcpy PROTO_LIST ((POINTER, POINTER, unsigned int));
static void MD4_memset PROTO_LIST ((POINTER, int, unsigned int));
static unsigned char PADDING[64] = {
0x80, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0,
0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0,
0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0
};
/* F, G and H are basic MD4 functions.
*/
#define F(x, y, z) (((x) & (y))  ((~x) & (z)))
#define G(x, y, z) (((x) & (y))  ((x) & (z))  ((y) & (z)))
#define H(x, y, z) ((x) ^ (y) ^ (z))
/* ROTATE_LEFT rotates x left n bits.
*/
#define ROTATE_LEFT(x, n) (((x) << (n))  ((x) >> (32(n))))
/* FF, GG and HH are transformations for rounds 1, 2 and 3 */
/* Rotation is separate from addition to prevent recomputation */
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#define FF(a, b, c, d, x, s) { \
(a) += F ((b), (c), (d)) + (x); \
(a) = ROTATE_LEFT ((a), (s)); \
}
#define GG(a, b, c, d, x, s) { \
(a) += G ((b), (c), (d)) + (x) + (UINT4)0x5a827999; \
(a) = ROTATE_LEFT ((a), (s)); \
}
#define HH(a, b, c, d, x, s) { \
(a) += H ((b), (c), (d)) + (x) + (UINT4)0x6ed9eba1; \
(a) = ROTATE_LEFT ((a), (s)); \
}
/* MD4 initialization. Begins an MD4 operation, writing a new context.
*/
void MD4Init (context)
MD4_CTX *context; /* context */
{
context>count[0] = context>count[1] = 0;
/* Load magic initialization constants.
*/
context>state[0] = 0x67452301;
context>state[1] = 0xefcdab89;
context>state[2] = 0x98badcfe;
context>state[3] = 0x10325476;
}
/* MD4 block update operation. Continues an MD4 messagedigest
operation, processing another message block, and updating the
context.
*/
void MD4Update (context, input, inputLen)
MD4_CTX *context; /* context */
unsigned char *input; /* input block */
unsigned int inputLen; /* length of input block */
{
unsigned int i, index, partLen;
/* Compute number of bytes mod 64 */
index = (unsigned int)((context>count[0] >> 3) & 0x3F);
/* Update number of bits */
if ((context>count[0] += ((UINT4)inputLen << 3))
< ((UINT4)inputLen << 3))
context>count[1]++;
context>count[1] += ((UINT4)inputLen >> 29);
partLen = 64  index;
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/* Transform as many times as possible.
*/
if (inputLen >= partLen) {
MD4_memcpy
((POINTER)&context>buffer[index], (POINTER)input, partLen);
MD4Transform (context>state, context>buffer);
for (i = partLen; i + 63 < inputLen; i += 64)
MD4Transform (context>state, &input[i]);
index = 0;
}
else
i = 0;
/* Buffer remaining input */
MD4_memcpy
((POINTER)&context>buffer[index], (POINTER)&input[i],
inputLeni);
}
/* MD4 finalization. Ends an MD4 messagedigest operation, writing the
the message digest and zeroizing the context.
*/
void MD4Final (digest, context)
unsigned char digest[16]; /* message digest */
MD4_CTX *context; /* context */
{
unsigned char bits[8];
unsigned int index, padLen;
/* Save number of bits */
Encode (bits, context>count, 8);
/* Pad out to 56 mod 64.
*/
index = (unsigned int)((context>count[0] >> 3) & 0x3f);
padLen = (index < 56) ? (56  index) : (120  index);
MD4Update (context, PADDING, padLen);
/* Append length (before padding) */
MD4Update (context, bits, 8);
/* Store state in digest */
Encode (digest, context>state, 16);
/* Zeroize sensitive information.
*/
MD4_memset ((POINTER)context, 0, sizeof (*context));
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}
/* MD4 basic transformation. Transforms state based on block.
*/
static void MD4Transform (state, block)
UINT4 state[4];
unsigned char block[64];
{
UINT4 a = state[0], b = state[1], c = state[2], d = state[3], x[16];
Decode (x, block, 64);
/* Round 1 */
FF (a, b, c, d, x[ 0], S11); /* 1 */
FF (d, a, b, c, x[ 1], S12); /* 2 */
FF (c, d, a, b, x[ 2], S13); /* 3 */
FF (b, c, d, a, x[ 3], S14); /* 4 */
FF (a, b, c, d, x[ 4], S11); /* 5 */
FF (d, a, b, c, x[ 5], S12); /* 6 */
FF (c, d, a, b, x[ 6], S13); /* 7 */
FF (b, c, d, a, x[ 7], S14); /* 8 */
FF (a, b, c, d, x[ 8], S11); /* 9 */
FF (d, a, b, c, x[ 9], S12); /* 10 */
FF (c, d, a, b, x[10], S13); /* 11 */
FF (b, c, d, a, x[11], S14); /* 12 */
FF (a, b, c, d, x[12], S11); /* 13 */
FF (d, a, b, c, x[13], S12); /* 14 */
FF (c, d, a, b, x[14], S13); /* 15 */
FF (b, c, d, a, x[15], S14); /* 16 */
/* Round 2 */
GG (a, b, c, d, x[ 0], S21); /* 17 */
GG (d, a, b, c, x[ 4], S22); /* 18 */
GG (c, d, a, b, x[ 8], S23); /* 19 */
GG (b, c, d, a, x[12], S24); /* 20 */
GG (a, b, c, d, x[ 1], S21); /* 21 */
GG (d, a, b, c, x[ 5], S22); /* 22 */
GG (c, d, a, b, x[ 9], S23); /* 23 */
GG (b, c, d, a, x[13], S24); /* 24 */
GG (a, b, c, d, x[ 2], S21); /* 25 */
GG (d, a, b, c, x[ 6], S22); /* 26 */
GG (c, d, a, b, x[10], S23); /* 27 */
GG (b, c, d, a, x[14], S24); /* 28 */
GG (a, b, c, d, x[ 3], S21); /* 29 */
GG (d, a, b, c, x[ 7], S22); /* 30 */
GG (c, d, a, b, x[11], S23); /* 31 */
GG (b, c, d, a, x[15], S24); /* 32 */
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/* Round 3 */
HH (a, b, c, d, x[ 0], S31); /* 33 */
HH (d, a, b, c, x[ 8], S32); /* 34 */
HH (c, d, a, b, x[ 4], S33); /* 35 */
HH (b, c, d, a, x[12], S34); /* 36 */
HH (a, b, c, d, x[ 2], S31); /* 37 */
HH (d, a, b, c, x[10], S32); /* 38 */
HH (c, d, a, b, x[ 6], S33); /* 39 */
HH (b, c, d, a, x[14], S34); /* 40 */
HH (a, b, c, d, x[ 1], S31); /* 41 */
HH (d, a, b, c, x[ 9], S32); /* 42 */
HH (c, d, a, b, x[ 5], S33); /* 43 */
HH (b, c, d, a, x[13], S34); /* 44 */
HH (a, b, c, d, x[ 3], S31); /* 45 */
HH (d, a, b, c, x[11], S32); /* 46 */
HH (c, d, a, b, x[ 7], S33); /* 47 */
HH (b, c, d, a, x[15], S34); /* 48 */
state[0] += a;
state[1] += b;
state[2] += c;
state[3] += d;
/* Zeroize sensitive information.
*/
MD4_memset ((POINTER)x, 0, sizeof (x));
}
/* Encodes input (UINT4) into output (unsigned char). Assumes len is
a multiple of 4.
*/
static void Encode (output, input, len)
unsigned char *output;
UINT4 *input;
unsigned int len;
{
unsigned int i, j;
for (i = 0, j = 0; j < len; i++, j += 4) {
output[j] = (unsigned char)(input[i] & 0xff);
output[j+1] = (unsigned char)((input[i] >> 8) & 0xff);
output[j+2] = (unsigned char)((input[i] >> 16) & 0xff);
output[j+3] = (unsigned char)((input[i] >> 24) & 0xff);
}
}
/* Decodes input (unsigned char) into output (UINT4). Assumes len is
a multiple of 4.
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*/
static void Decode (output, input, len)
UINT4 *output;
unsigned char *input;
unsigned int len;
{
unsigned int i, j;
for (i = 0, j = 0; j < len; i++, j += 4)
output[i] = ((UINT4)input[j])  (((UINT4)input[j+1]) << 8) 
(((UINT4)input[j+2]) << 16)  (((UINT4)input[j+3]) << 24);
}
/* Note: Replace "for loop" with standard memcpy if possible.
*/
static void MD4_memcpy (output, input, len)
POINTER output;
POINTER input;
unsigned int len;
{
unsigned int i;
for (i = 0; i < len; i++)
output[i] = input[i];
}
/* Note: Replace "for loop" with standard memset if possible.
*/
static void MD4_memset (output, value, len)
POINTER output;
int value;
unsigned int len;
{
unsigned int i;
for (i = 0; i < len; i++)
((char *)output)[i] = (char)value;
}
A.4 mddriver.c
/* MDDRIVER.C  test driver for MD2, MD4 and MD5
*/
/* Copyright (C) 19902, RSA Data Security, Inc. Created 1990. All
rights reserved.
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RSA Data Security, Inc. makes no representations concerning either
the merchantability of this software or the suitability of this
software for any particular purpose. It is provided "as is"
without express or implied warranty of any kind.
These notices must be retained in any copies of any part of this
documentation and/or software.
*/
/* The following makes MD default to MD5 if it has not already been
defined with C compiler flags.
*/
#ifndef MD
#define MD MD5
#endif
#include <stdio.h>
#include <time.h>
#include <string.h>
#include "global.h"
#if MD == 2
#include "md2.h"
#endif
#if MD == 4
#include "md4.h"
#endif
#if MD == 5
#include "md5.h"
#endif
/* Length of test block, number of test blocks.
*/
#define TEST_BLOCK_LEN 1000
#define TEST_BLOCK_COUNT 1000
static void MDString PROTO_LIST ((char *));
static void MDTimeTrial PROTO_LIST ((void));
static void MDTestSuite PROTO_LIST ((void));
static void MDFile PROTO_LIST ((char *));
static void MDFilter PROTO_LIST ((void));
static void MDPrint PROTO_LIST ((unsigned char [16]));
#if MD == 2
#define MD_CTX MD2_CTX
#define MDInit MD2Init
#define MDUpdate MD2Update
#define MDFinal MD2Final
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#endif
#if MD == 4
#define MD_CTX MD4_CTX
#define MDInit MD4Init
#define MDUpdate MD4Update
#define MDFinal MD4Final
#endif
#if MD == 5
#define MD_CTX MD5_CTX
#define MDInit MD5Init
#define MDUpdate MD5Update
#define MDFinal MD5Final
#endif
/* Main driver.
Arguments (may be any combination):
sstring  digests string
t  runs time trial
x  runs test script
filename  digests file
(none)  digests standard input
*/
int main (argc, argv)
int argc;
char *argv[];
{
int i;
if (argc > 1)
for (i = 1; i < argc; i++)
if (argv[i][0] == '' && argv[i][1] == 's')
MDString (argv[i] + 2);
else if (strcmp (argv[i], "t") == 0)
MDTimeTrial ();
else if (strcmp (argv[i], "x") == 0)
MDTestSuite ();
else
MDFile (argv[i]);
else
MDFilter ();
return (0);
}
/* Digests a string and prints the result.
*/
static void MDString (string)
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char *string;
{
MD_CTX context;
unsigned char digest[16];
unsigned int len = strlen (string);
MDInit (&context);
MDUpdate (&context, string, len);
MDFinal (digest, &context);
printf ("MD%d (\"%s\") = ", MD, string);
MDPrint (digest);
printf ("\n");
}
/* Measures the time to digest TEST_BLOCK_COUNT TEST_BLOCK_LENbyte
blocks.
*/
static void MDTimeTrial ()
{
MD_CTX context;
time_t endTime, startTime;
unsigned char block[TEST_BLOCK_LEN], digest[16];
unsigned int i;
printf
("MD%d time trial. Digesting %d %dbyte blocks ...", MD,
TEST_BLOCK_LEN, TEST_BLOCK_COUNT);
/* Initialize block */
for (i = 0; i < TEST_BLOCK_LEN; i++)
block[i] = (unsigned char)(i & 0xff);
/* Start timer */
time (&startTime);
/* Digest blocks */
MDInit (&context);
for (i = 0; i < TEST_BLOCK_COUNT; i++)
MDUpdate (&context, block, TEST_BLOCK_LEN);
MDFinal (digest, &context);
/* Stop timer */
time (&endTime);
printf (" done\n");
printf ("Digest = ");
MDPrint (digest);
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printf ("\nTime = %ld seconds\n", (long)(endTimestartTime));
printf
("Speed = %ld bytes/second\n",
(long)TEST_BLOCK_LEN * (long)TEST_BLOCK_COUNT/(endTimestartTime));
}
/* Digests a reference suite of strings and prints the results.
*/
static void MDTestSuite ()
{
printf ("MD%d test suite:\n", MD);
MDString ("");
MDString ("a");
MDString ("abc");
MDString ("message digest");
MDString ("abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz");
MDString
("ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZabcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz0123456789");
MDString
("1234567890123456789012345678901234567890\
1234567890123456789012345678901234567890");
}
/* Digests a file and prints the result.
*/
static void MDFile (filename)
char *filename;
{
FILE *file;
MD_CTX context;
int len;
unsigned char buffer[1024], digest[16];
if ((file = fopen (filename, "rb")) == NULL)
printf ("%s can't be opened\n", filename);
else {
MDInit (&context);
while (len = fread (buffer, 1, 1024, file))
MDUpdate (&context, buffer, len);
MDFinal (digest, &context);
fclose (file);
printf ("MD%d (%s) = ", MD, filename);
MDPrint (digest);
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printf ("\n");
}
}
/* Digests the standard input and prints the result.
*/
static void MDFilter ()
{
MD_CTX context;
int len;
unsigned char buffer[16], digest[16];
MDInit (&context);
while (len = fread (buffer, 1, 16, stdin))
MDUpdate (&context, buffer, len);
MDFinal (digest, &context);
MDPrint (digest);
printf ("\n");
}
/* Prints a message digest in hexadecimal.
*/
static void MDPrint (digest)
unsigned char digest[16];
{
unsigned int i;
for (i = 0; i < 16; i++)
printf ("%02x", digest[i]);
}
A.5 Test suite
The MD4 test suite (driver option "x") should print the following
results:
MD4 test suite:
MD4 ("") = 31d6cfe0d16ae931b73c59d7e0c089c0
MD4 ("a") = bde52cb31de33e46245e05fbdbd6fb24
MD4 ("abc") = a448017aaf21d8525fc10ae87aa6729d
MD4 ("message digest") = d9130a8164549fe818874806e1c7014b
MD4 ("abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz") = d79e1c308aa5bbcdeea8ed63df412da9
MD4 ("ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZabcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz0123456789") =
043f8582f241db351ce627e153e7f0e4
MD4 ("123456789012345678901234567890123456789012345678901234567890123456
78901234567890") = e33b4ddc9c38f2199c3e7b164fcc0536
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Security Considerations
The level of security discussed in this memo is considered to be
sufficient for implementing moderate security hybrid digital
signature schemes based on MD4 and a publickey cryptosystem. We do
not know of any reason that MD4 would not be sufficient for
implementing very high security digitalsignature schemes, but
because MD4 was designed to be exceptionally fast, it is "at the
edge" in terms of risking successful cryptanalytic attack. After
further critical review, it may be appropriate to consider MD4 for
very high security applications. For very high security applications
before the completion of that review, the MD5 algorithm [4] is
recommended.
Author's Address
Ronald L. Rivest
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Laboratory for Computer Science
NE43324
545 Technology Square
Cambridge, MA 021391986
Phone: (617) 2535880
EMail: rivest@theory.lcs.mit.edu
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