9 December 2008
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 in the Open Source Programs Office, helping Microsoft scale to 15,000+ engineers using, contributing to and releasing open source.