On Mon, 18 Apr 2005, Andy Isaacson wrote:

If you had actual evidence of a collision, I'd love to see it - even if
it's just the equivalent of
% md5 foo
d3b07384d113edec49eaa6238ad5ff00 foo
% md5 bar
d3b07384d113edec49eaa6238ad5ff00 bar
% cmp foo bar
foo bar differ: byte 25, line 1

But in the absence of actual evidence, we have to assume (just based on
the probabilities) that there was some error in your testing.

I've already had a long correspondence with this poster. He claims that "this happened 7 years ago", involved a "commercial contract covered by Swiss Banking Law" (with caps!) and that, of course, he "certainly doesn't retain [his] client's documents", and even if he *did*, he wouldn't show them to *me*.

And then he was unable to comprehend that I couldn't accept his word alone as prima facie evidence that the laws of probability did not apply to him or his clients.

I've been a coder far too long to attribute to "The Mysterious Hand Of God" what can adequately be described by subtle programmer error.

The most reasonable explanation, given the (lack of) evidence, is that the programmer involved quickly took refuge in a (wildly improbable, but his clients'll never know) "MD5 collision" instead of buckling down and finding the bug in his code.

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