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Date: Tue, 5 Aug 2014 14:38:05 +1000
From: Michael Samuel <>
Subject: Re: Re: Possible CVE request: subversion MD5 collision
 authentication leak

On 5 August 2014 08:32, Ben Reser <> wrote:
> I think your understanding of the current state of MD5 collision attacks is out
> of date.  Chosen prefix attacks are possible.  See:
> The MD5 hash is created off the data in the following format:
> An attacker trying to take advantage of this only needs the $URL portion to
> match their server.  The $REALM can then be whatever data is required to make
> the MD5 hash match the system they are trying to attack.

Just to clarify - does the attacker have control of both $REALM parameters?

A chosen prefix collision still requires the attacker provide both
inputs (or at-least
the suffix to both inputs).


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