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From "Neil A. Hillard" <>
Subject Re: [users@httpd] .htpasswd problems
Date Fri, 20 Apr 2007 08:51:05 GMT

Jannetta S Steyn wrote:
>> It doesn't matter what gets stored as long as the
>> decrypted value matches the password.
> This part of what you said puzzles me. Why would you want to decrypt the password and
> isn't the point of md5 and DES that you don't decrypt the password. Usually the
> passwords are compared in their encrypted form. That's the whole idea of a message
> digest isn't it to get a unique signature for a message and to make it near impossible
> to retrieve the message from the signature again.

You're talking about the differences between hashing and encryption /
decryption.  MD5 is a hashing algorithm, DES is an encryption /
decryption algorithm.  See:



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