Re: [TLS] Deprecating TLS 1.0, 1.1 and SHA1 signature algorithms

Peter Gutmann <> Mon, 11 January 2016 23:09 UTC

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Kurt Roeckx <>; writes:

>After the SLOTH paper, we should think about starting to deprecate TLS 1.0
>and TLS 1.1 and the SHA1 based signature algorithms in TLS 1.2.

The vulnerabilities shown in the SLOTH paper were based on the fact that
implementations still allow MD5 for authentication/integrity protection, even
if (for example) it's explicitly disabled in the config.  So the problem
wasn't a fault in the protocol, it's buggy implementations (as it was for ones
that allowed 512-bit keys, non-prime primes, and so on).  Throwing out TLS 1.1
based on this seems rather premature.

>As I understand it, they estimate that both TLS 1.2 with SHA1 and TLS 1.0 and
>1.1 with MD5|SHA1 currently require about 2^77 to be broken.  They all depend
>on the chosen prefix collision on SHA1, with the MD5 part in TLS 1.0 and 1.1
>not adding much.

That's presumably based on Joux' multicollisions paper, which also says that
"We also discuss the potential impact of our attack on several published
schemes. Quite surprisingly, for subtle reasons, the schemes we study happen
to be immune to our attack".

More pragmatically, no-one has ever demonstrated any problem with the MD5 ||
SHA1 construct used in TLS, despite there being obvious problems in MD5 and
SHA1 by themselves.