Re: Differences between Fingerprint, MessageDigest and Hash-Value of a document?
From: Jeremy S. (JercoS_at_gmail.com)
Date: 9 Jul 2005 22:38:28 -0700
Both formulas are used to convert unknown length documents into
128-bit numbers. Both are one way hashes, meaning it's impossible to
correct document contents, from just the hash value.
kinda ya but in practice a hash can be reversed by trying every
possible combination until one that matches is found (eg brute force)
the most common example would be password breaking (eg "cracking")
other than that your explination was perfect!