[buug] Gentoo, Bluecurve and Linux too!
itz at speakeasy.org
Fri Oct 18 13:19:51 PDT 2002
Patrick> wow, we are getting technical here. from man pages: " These
Patrick> functions implement the MD5 message-digest algorith, which
Patrick> takes as input a message of arbitrary length and pro- duces
Patrick> as output a 128-bit "fingerprint" or "message digest" of the
Patrick> input. It is intended for digital signature applica- tions,
Patrick> where large file must be "compressed" in a secure manner
Patrick> before being encrypted with a private (secret) key under a
Patrick> public-key cryptosystem such as RSA. "
Patrick> The operative word is "intended". You can run MD5 on binary
Patrick> files and is not confined to only compressed files. In fact
Patrick> Solaris has the MD5 finger prints for ALL the files in the
Patrick> system. I am sure not all of them are ".tar, etc"
Debian has something similar, although not all packages support it.
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