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Authorize.net Changing MD5 to SHA-512

We can help fix your Magento site from MD5 to SHA-512 for Authorize.net

After March 14, 2019, Authorize.Net’s Direct Post payment method will no longer work. If your site uses MD5, you need to upgrade this to SHA-512. Need help? Customer Paradigm’s team of certified Magento developers can do this quickly for you.

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Magento’s current implementation of the Authorize.Net Direct Post payment method uses MD5 based hash.

However, Authorize.net will stop supporting MD5 based hash usage on March 14, 2019.

If you don’t upgrade, your payment processing through Authorize.net will not work after March 14, 2019.

Customer Paradigm’s team can help!

We can:

  • Apply the Magento patch.
  • Generate a new key in Authorize.net
  • Replace the MD5 hash with a new signature key (SHA-512) in the Magento admin

We’ve already completed this for many of our clients, and can do this quickly and efficiently for you.

Please contact us for more information to get started.

We will need:

  • SSH access to your site to apply the patch
  • Authorize.net access to re-generate the signature key
  • Magento admin access to save the new key

Why the change? According to Wikipedia’s MD5 article:
“The MD5 message-digest algorithm is a widely used hash function producing a 128-bit hash value. Although MD5 was initially designed to be used as a cryptographic hash function, it has been found to suffer from extensive vulnerabilities. It can still be used as a checksum to verify data integrity, but only against unintentional corruption. It remains suitable for other non-cryptographic purposes, for example for determining the partition for a particular key in a partitioned database.

One basic requirement of any cryptographic hash function is that it should be computationally infeasible to find two distinct messages which hash to the same value. MD5 fails this requirement catastrophically; such collisions can be found in seconds on an ordinary home computer.

The weaknesses of MD5 have been exploited in the field, most infamously by the Flame malware in 2012. The CMU Software Engineering Institute considers MD5 essentially “cryptographically broken and unsuitable for further use”.

Alert: Authorize.net MD5 - SHA-512 Update

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