One-Way Hash Primitives

Hash functions are used in cryptography with digital signatures and for ensuring data integrity.

When used with digital signatures, a publicly available hash function hashes the message and signs the resulting hash value. The party who receives the message can then hash the message and check if the block size is authentic for the given hash value.

Hash functions are also referred to as “message digests” and “one-way encryption functions”. Both terms are appropriate since hash algorithms do not have a key like symmetric and asymmetric algorithms and you can recover neither the length nor the contents of the plaintext message from the ciphertext.

To ensure data integrity, hash functions are used to compute the hash value that corresponds to a particular input. Then, if necessary, you can check if the input data has remained unmodified; you can re-compute the hash value again using the available input and compare it to the original hash value.

The Hash Functions section describes functions that implement the following hash algorithms for streaming messages: MD5 [RFC 1321], SHA-1, SHA-224, SHA-256, SHA-384, SHA-512 [FIPS PUB 180-2], and SM3 [SM3]. These algorithms are widely used in enterprise applications nowadays.

Subsequent sections describe Hash Functions for Non-Streaming Messages, which apply hash algorithms to entire (non-streaming) messages, and Mask Generation Functions, whose algorithms are often based on hash computations.

Additionally, Intel® Integrated Performance Primitives (Intel® IPP) Cryptography supports two relatively new variants of SHA-512, the so called SHA-512/224 and SHA-512/256 algorithms. Both employ much of the basic SHA-512 algorithm but have some specifics. Intel IPP Cryptography does not provide a separate API exactly targeting SHA-512/224 and SHA-512/256. To enable SHA-512/224 and SHA-512/256, Intel IPP Cryptography declares extensions of the Hash Functions, Hash Functions for Non-Streaming Messages, Mask Generation Functions, and Keyed Hash Functions. These extensions use the IppHashAlgId enumerator associated with a particular hash algorithm as shown in the table below.

Supported Hash Algorithms

Value of IppHashAlgId

Associated Hash Algorithm

ippHashAlg_SHA1

SHA-1

ippHashAlg_SHA224

SHA-224

ippHashAlg_SHA256

SHA-256

ippHashAlg_SHA384

SHA-384

ippHashAlg_SHA512

SHA-512

ippHashAlg_SHA512_224

SHA-512/224

ippHashAlg_SHA512_256

SHA-512/256

ippHashAlg_MD5

MD5

ippHashAlg_SM3

SM3

Reduced Memory Footprint Functions

When your application uses the IppHashAlgId enumerator, it gets linked to all available hashing algorithm implementations. This results in unnecessary memory overhead if the application does not need all the algorithms. Intel IPP Cryptography includes a number of reduced memory footprint functions that allow you to select the exact hashing methods for your application's needs. These functions have the _rmf suffix in their names and use pointers to IppsHashMethod structure variables instead of IppHashAlgId values. To get a pointer to a IppsHashMethod structure variable, call an appropriate function from the table below. See HashMethod for the syntax.

Note

Functions that have the _TT suffix in their names return pointers to dynamically dispatched IppsHashMethod structures. These structures check for support of the SHA-NI instruction set at run time and choose the implementation of an algorithm depending on the outcome of the check. Using such IppsHashMethod structures leads to a slightly larger memory footprint compared to applications that use non-dynamically dispatched IppsHashMethod structures.

HashMethod Functions

Function name

Returns pointer to implementation of

ippsHashMethod_SHA1

SHA1 (without the SHA-NI instruction set)

ippsHashMethod_SHA1_NI

SHA1 (using the SHA-NI instruction set)

ippsHashMethod_SHA1_TT

SHA1 (using the SHA-NI instructions set if it is available at run time)

ippsHashMethod_SHA256

SHA256 (without the SHA-NI instruction set)

ippsHashMethod_SHA256_NI

SHA256 (using the SHA-NI instruction set)

ippsHashMethod_SHA256_TT

SHA256 (using the SHA-NI instructions set if it is available at run time)

ippsHashMethod_SHA224

SHA224 (without the SHA-NI instruction set)

ippsHashMethod_SHA224_NI

SHA224 (using the SHA-NI instruction set)

ippsHashMethod_SHA224_TT

SHA224 (using the SHA-NI instructions set if it is available at run time)

ippsHashMethod_SHA384

SHA384

ippsHashMethod_SHA512

SHA512

ippsHashMethod_SHA512_256

SHA512-256

ippsHashMethod_SHA512_224

SHA512-224

ippsHashMethod_MD5

MD5

ippsHashMethod_SM3

SM3

Important

The crypto community does not consider SHA-1 or MD5 algorithms secure anymore.

Recommendation: use a more secure hash algorithm (for example, any algorithm from the SHA-2 family) instead of SHA-1 or MD5.

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