NEWS FROM THE LAB - Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Answer of the day Posted by Sean @ 16:10 GMT

There were a good number of responses to yesterday's post that correctly provided the what

Weblog Reader Ville was one of some that also provided the why.

   The answer is really simple, right?

   d41d8cd98f00b204e9800998ecf8427e = 0 byte MD5 hash
   da39a3ee5e6b4b0d3255bfef95601890afd80709 = 0 byte SHA1 hash

   Both appear not only in numerous tutorials on the web concerning these two
   hashing algorithms, but also, and more importantly, in places where these
   hash functions are used for file integrity. Since an empty file will result
   in these hashes, any place that lists hashes for files will often feature these
   two particular strings.

   Thus, while being a seemingly random string of letters, their appearance
   on the web is common due to these two popular hashing algorithms.

We'll be sending Ville, and a few other randomly selected responses, a set of our laptop stickers.

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