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package sha3

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Package sha3 implements the SHA-3 fixed-output-length hash functions and the SHAKE variable-output-length hash functions defined by FIPS-202.

Both types of hash function use the "sponge" construction and the Keccak permutation. For a detailed specification see


If you aren't sure what function you need, use SHAKE256 with at least 64 bytes of output. The SHAKE instances are faster than the SHA3 instances; the latter have to allocate memory to conform to the hash.Hash interface.

If you need a secret-key MAC (message authentication code), prepend the secret key to the input, hash with SHAKE256 and read at least 32 bytes of output.

Security strengths

The SHA3-x (x equals 224, 256, 384, or 512) functions have a security strength against preimage attacks of x bits. Since they only produce "x" bits of output, their collision-resistance is only "x/2" bits.

The SHAKE-256 and -128 functions have a generic security strength of 256 and 128 bits against all attacks, provided that at least 2x bits of their output is used. Requesting more than 64 or 32 bytes of output, respectively, does not increase the collision-resistance of the SHAKE functions.

The sponge construction

A sponge builds a pseudo-random function from a public pseudo-random permutation, by applying the permutation to a state of "rate + capacity" bytes, but hiding "capacity" of the bytes.

A sponge starts out with a zero state. To hash an input using a sponge, up to "rate" bytes of the input are XORed into the sponge's state. The sponge is then "full" and the permutation is applied to "empty" it. This process is repeated until all the input has been "absorbed". The input is then padded. The digest is "squeezed" from the sponge in the same way, except that output output is copied out instead of input being XORed in.

A sponge is parameterized by its generic security strength, which is equal to half its capacity; capacity + rate is equal to the permutation's width. Since the KeccakF-1600 permutation is 1600 bits (200 bytes) wide, this means that the security strength of a sponge instance is equal to (1600 - bitrate) / 2.


The SHAKE functions are recommended for most new uses. They can produce output of arbitrary length. SHAKE256, with an output length of at least 64 bytes, provides 256-bit security against all attacks. The Keccak team recommends it for most applications upgrading from SHA2-512. (NIST chose a much stronger, but much slower, sponge instance for SHA3-512.)

The SHA-3 functions are "drop-in" replacements for the SHA-2 functions. They produce output of the same length, with the same security strengths against all attacks. This means, in particular, that SHA3-256 only has 128-bit collision resistance, because its output length is 32 bytes.


k := []byte("this is a secret key; you should generate a strong random key that's at least 32 bytes long")
buf := []byte("and this is some data to authenticate")
// A MAC with 32 bytes of output has 256-bit security strength -- if you use at least a 32-byte-long key.
h := make([]byte, 32)
d := NewShake256()
// Write the key into the hash.
// Now write the data.
// Read 32 bytes of output from the hash into h.
fmt.Printf("%x\n", h)




buf := []byte("some data to hash")
// A hash needs to be 64 bytes long to have 256-bit collision resistance.
h := make([]byte, 64)
// Compute a 64-byte hash of buf and put it in h.
ShakeSum256(h, buf)
fmt.Printf("%x\n", h)





Package Files

doc.go hashes.go hashes_generic.go keccakf_amd64.go register.go sha3.go shake.go shake_generic.go xor_generic.go xor_unaligned.go

func New224 Uses

func New224() hash.Hash

New224 creates a new SHA3-224 hash. Its generic security strength is 224 bits against preimage attacks, and 112 bits against collision attacks.

func New256 Uses

func New256() hash.Hash

New256 creates a new SHA3-256 hash. Its generic security strength is 256 bits against preimage attacks, and 128 bits against collision attacks.

func New384 Uses

func New384() hash.Hash

New384 creates a new SHA3-384 hash. Its generic security strength is 384 bits against preimage attacks, and 192 bits against collision attacks.

func New512 Uses

func New512() hash.Hash

New512 creates a new SHA3-512 hash. Its generic security strength is 512 bits against preimage attacks, and 256 bits against collision attacks.

func NewLegacyKeccak256 Uses

func NewLegacyKeccak256() hash.Hash

NewLegacyKeccak256 creates a new Keccak-256 hash.

Only use this function if you require compatibility with an existing cryptosystem that uses non-standard padding. All other users should use New256 instead.

func ShakeSum128 Uses

func ShakeSum128(hash, data []byte)

ShakeSum128 writes an arbitrary-length digest of data into hash.

func ShakeSum256 Uses

func ShakeSum256(hash, data []byte)

ShakeSum256 writes an arbitrary-length digest of data into hash.

func Sum224 Uses

func Sum224(data []byte) (digest [28]byte)

Sum224 returns the SHA3-224 digest of the data.

func Sum256 Uses

func Sum256(data []byte) (digest [32]byte)

Sum256 returns the SHA3-256 digest of the data.

func Sum384 Uses

func Sum384(data []byte) (digest [48]byte)

Sum384 returns the SHA3-384 digest of the data.

func Sum512 Uses

func Sum512(data []byte) (digest [64]byte)

Sum512 returns the SHA3-512 digest of the data.

type ShakeHash Uses

type ShakeHash interface {
    // Write absorbs more data into the hash's state. It panics if input is
    // written to it after output has been read from it.

    // Read reads more output from the hash; reading affects the hash's
    // state. (ShakeHash.Read is thus very different from Hash.Sum)
    // It never returns an error.

    // Clone returns a copy of the ShakeHash in its current state.
    Clone() ShakeHash

    // Reset resets the ShakeHash to its initial state.

ShakeHash defines the interface to hash functions that support arbitrary-length output.

func NewShake128 Uses

func NewShake128() ShakeHash

NewShake128 creates a new SHAKE128 variable-output-length ShakeHash. Its generic security strength is 128 bits against all attacks if at least 32 bytes of its output are used.

func NewShake256 Uses

func NewShake256() ShakeHash

NewShake256 creates a new SHAKE256 variable-output-length ShakeHash. Its generic security strength is 256 bits against all attacks if at least 64 bytes of its output are used.

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