Hash Value

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A Hash Value is a numeric value resulting from applying a mathematical algorithm against a set of data such as a file.

One common hash value is called the MD5 Hash of a computer file. Every computer file in existence has a unique MD5 Hash. VirusTotal.com uses the MD5 Hash of files to track and report whether a particular MD5 Hash represents a virus found in its database.

Synonym: Cryptographic Hash Value

Related Term: Hashing

Source: CNSSI 4009

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