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RFC 4634, "US Secure Hash Algorithms (SHA and HMAC-SHA)", July 2006

Note: This RFC has been obsoleted by RFC 6234

Source of RFC: IETF - NON WORKING GROUP
Area Assignment: sec

Errata ID: 2431
Status: Held for Document Update
Type: Technical
Publication Format(s) : TEXT

Reported By: Alfred Hoenes
Date Reported: 2006-08-13
Held for Document Update by: Sean Turner
Date Held: 2010-08-06

Section 8.2.2 says:

Similar to item (9), (16), and (17) above, the Description of
SHA224_256ResultN contains improper wording. Additionally,
counting 28/32 elements as ranging from the "0th" up to the
"28th/32nd" is unpleasant and wrong -- that erroneously indicates
29/33 elements (octets) !

Near the bottom of page 44, the RFC says:

 * Description:
 *   This helper function will return the 224-bit or 256-bit message
 *   digest into the Message_Digest array provided by the caller.
 *   NOTE: The first octet of hash is stored in the 0th element,
 *      the last octet of hash in the 28th/32nd element.

For correctness and consistency, it should say:

 * Description:
 *   This helper function will return the 224-bit or 256-bit message
 *   digest into the Message_Digest array provided by the caller.
 *   NOTE:
 *    The first octet of the hash is stored in the element with index 0,
 *    the last octet of the hash in the element with index 27/31.

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