An anonymous reader writes "Exciting advances in breaking hash functions this week at the CRYPTO conference. SHA-0 has
definitely been broken (collision found in the full function). Rumors are that at the informal rump session, a researcher will announce a collision in full MD5 and RIPEMD-128. And Ed Felten is speculating about collisions in SHA-1! Many systems, especially those that use cryptography for digital signatures are most at risk here."