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    Anastasia13
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    So I’m new to this concept of hashes for files and file verification. It came up in the Forensics class when I was reading about hte MD5 Calculator. I am reading Wikipedia, but I’m still a little confused.

    Where does a hash come from?
    How do you get the original hash for a file?

    Thank you,

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    Chin_Diesel
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    Theres a few different utilities and apps to check hashes, but the whole purpose is to verify authenticity of a file. You see this a lot with Linux distros. You would want to make sure that big file you downloaded was actually the ISO you wanted, and not something that was modified or malicious, so you would run that file through a hashing algorithm to see if you came up with the same hash value.

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