Opinions on RIPEMD vs SHA?

Brian Mearns bmearns at ieee.org
Wed Jul 8 18:56:11 CEST 2009

I'm considering making my default hash RIPEMD160: does anyone have any
opinions on how this compares to SHA-2 algorithms in terms of both
security and availability? I like the idea that RIPEMD was developed
in an academic community instead of the NSA, but if there are genuine
benefits to using SHA, I have no problem looking past this bit of
romanticism. I'm especially curious if RIPEMD160 is commonly available
in popular PGP clients.


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