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Re: Linux Kernel Summit

From: Greg Hudson <ghudson_at_MIT.EDU>
Date: 2001-04-02 20:37:05 CEST

> 2) MD5 is a hash algorithm rather than a checksum
> (although, now that I think of it, is any checksum algorithm anything but
> a hash? mebbe GregH can clarify the hash vs checksum terminology)

The terms are used interchangeably as far as I know. If there is a
difference, it would relate to the use of such algorithms in
authentication systems, which isn't what we're doing. For our
purposes, MD5 makes a perfectly good checksum algorithm.
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