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MD4(3)				   BSD Library Functions Manual 			   MD4(3)

NAME
     MD4Init, MD4Update, MD4Final, MD4End, MD4File, MD4Data -- calculate the RSA Data Security,
     Inc., ``MD4'' message digest

LIBRARY
     Standard C Library (libc, -lc)

SYNOPSIS
     #include <sys/types.h>
     #include <md4.h>

     void
     MD4Init(MD4_CTX *context);

     void
     MD4Update(MD4_CTX *context, const unsigned char *data, unsigned int len);

     void
     MD4Final(unsigned char digest[16], MD4_CTX *context);

     char *
     MD4End(MD4_CTX *context, char *buf);

     char *
     MD4File(const char *filename, char *buf);

     char *
     MD4Data(const unsigned char *data, unsigned int len, char *buf);

DESCRIPTION
     The MD4 functions calculate a 128-bit cryptographic checksum (digest) for any number of
     input bytes.  A cryptographic checksum is a one-way hash-function, that is, you cannot find
     (except by exhaustive search) the input corresponding to a particular output.  This net
     result is a ``fingerprint'' of the input-data, which doesn't disclose the actual input.

     MD2 is the slowest, MD4 is the fastest and MD5 is somewhere in the middle.  MD2 can only be
     used for Privacy-Enhanced Mail.  MD4 has been criticized for being too weak, so MD5 was
     developed in response as ``MD4 with safety-belts''.  When in doubt, use MD5.

     The MD4Init(), MD4Update(), and MD4Final() functions are the core functions.  Allocate an
     MD4_CTX, initialize it with MD4Init(), run over the data with MD4Update(), and finally
     extract the result using MD4Final().

     MD4End() is a wrapper for MD4Final() which converts the return value to a 33-character
     (including the terminating '\0') ASCII string which represents the 128 bits in hexadecimal.

     MD4File() calculates the digest of a file, and uses MD4End() to return the result.  If the
     file cannot be opened, a null pointer is returned.  MD4Data() calculates the digest of a
     chunk of data in memory, and uses MD4End() to return the result.

     When using MD4End(), MD4File(), or MD4Data(), the buf argument can be a null pointer, in
     which case the returned string is allocated with malloc(3) and subsequently must be explic-
     itly deallocated using free(3) after use.	If the buf argument is non-null it must point to
     at least 33 characters of buffer space.

SEE ALSO
     md2(3), md4(3), md5(3)

     B. Kaliski, The MD2 Message-Digest Algorithm, RFC 1319.

     R. Rivest, The MD4 Message-Digest Algorithm, RFC 1186.

     R. Rivest, The MD5 Message-Digest Algorithm, RFC 1321.

     RSA Laboratories, Frequently Asked Questions About today's Cryptography.

HISTORY
     These functions appeared in NetBSD 1.3.

AUTHORS
     The original MD4 routines were developed by RSA Data Security, Inc., and published in the
     above references.	This code is derived directly from these implementations by Poul-Henning
     Kamp <phk@login.dkuug.dk>

     Phk ristede runen.

BUGS
     No method is known to exist which finds two files having the same hash value, nor to find a
     file with a specific hash value.  There is on the other hand no guarantee that such a method
     doesn't exist.

COPYRIGHT
     Copyright (C) 1991-2, RSA Data Security, Inc. Created 1991. All rights reserved.

     License to copy and use this software is granted provided that it is identified as the "RSA
     Data Security, Inc. MD4 Message-Digest Algorithm" in all material mentioning or referencing
     this software or this function.  License is also granted to make and use derivative works
     provided that such works are identified as "derived from the RSA Data Security, Inc. MD4
     Message-Digest Algorithm" in all material mentioning or referencing the derived work.

     RSA Data Security, Inc. makes no representations concerning either the merchantability of
     this software or the suitability of this software for any particular purpose. It is provided
     "as is" without express or implied warranty of any kind.

     These notices must be retained in any copies of any part of this documentation and/or soft-
     ware.

BSD					  June 13, 2003 				      BSD
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