Posted 9 December 2008 Tweet
I was pleased to see that earlier today Reid Borsuk (of Microsoft's CLR security team) released his MD5 implementation (pure transparent Silverlight code) to the MSDN Code Gallery earlier today. This will open the door for developers looking to interact with services and data systems that still use MD5. This release is licensed with the open source Ms-PL license.
I use Flickr's web services and for most of the more advanced operations, you need to 'sign' the request using an MD5 shared secret - so this is a great improvement on what I had previously blogged about at MIX. I've been using this code for a few weeks now and love it.
I won't get into a discussion on the pros or cons of MD5, other than to say, this is freaking awesome! Congratulations Reid.
Jeff Wilcox is a Principal Software Engineer at Microsoft on the Azure team.
Jeff has been at Microsoft since 2005 and holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Michigan. Jeff lives in downtown Seattle.