[Freedombox-discuss] Fwd: PHC winner and special recognitions

Sandy Harris sandyinchina at gmail.com
Mon Jul 20 18:53:53 UTC 2015

Now that this competition has a winner we, and for that matter Debian,
should consider implementing it.

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From: Jean-Philippe Aumasson <jeanphilippe.aumasson at gmail.com>
Date: Mon, Jul 20, 2015 at 1:43 PM
Subject: PHC winner and special recognitions
To: "discussions at password-hashing.net"
<discussions at password-hashing.net>,
"crypto-competitions at googlegroups.com"
<crypto-competitions at googlegroups.com>

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 (discussions at password-hashing.net),
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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