000022002 - What are RSA Security's plans to support SHA-256 with KCA?

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Article Number000022002
Applies ToKeon Certificate Authority 6.5.1
Microsoft Windows 2000 Server SP4

Secure Hash Algorithm (SHA-1)


Secure Hash Algorithm (SHA-256)


Secure Hash Algorithm (SHA-384)


Secure Hash Algorithm (SHA-512)


Microsoft Windows Vista
IssueWhat are RSA Security's plans to support SHA-256 with KCA?
Now that Secure Hash Algorithm (SHA-1) is considered weak in some circles, what are RSA Security's plans to support SHA-256 or other, stronger, hash algorithms (reference NIST Brief Comments on Recent Cryptanalytic Attacks on Secure Hashing Functions and Continued Security Provided by SHA-1)?
In terms of the security issue, Keon Certificate Authority does not have a problem with SHA-1. See the note on RSA Labs site at http://www.rsasecurity.com/rsalabs/node.asp?id=2836
ResolutionKCA supports SHA-256 signing algorithms but relies on the application using certificates as stated in the Installation guide:

Cryptographic Support

Strong authentication is accomplished using the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL). SSL v3 is used for both Web authentication and LDAP authentication. Keon CA components and other PKI-related applications communicate with each other via mutually authenticated SSL sessions.

The Keon CA architecture supports key lengths up to 4096. Keon CA natively supports the following public key technologies:

CA Keys: RSA, DSA, ECDSA, GOST/GOSTR3411
End-Entity Keys: RSA, DSA, ECDSA, GOST/GOSTR3411
Message Digests: MD5, SHA-1, SHA-256, SHA-384, SHA-512

Many applications do not support the use of long hash algorithms, that is, SHA-256, SHA-384, and SHA-512.

Microsoft is working to support Suite B or SHA-2 algorithms in Windows Vista, but currently there are no public documents on this. Information from the IE group is that IE normally is dependant on the crypto and Schannel APIs so the availability of SHA-256 in IE would be the same answer as what was found from the Microsoft Security development team, that it is being worked on for the next OS version Windows Vista.
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