It's well known that using a hash function as message authentication is vulnerable to length extension attacks.

ie. H(key+message) is a bad idea. H(message+key), H(key+message+key) have their issues as well.

However, what if valid messages are a known length? Does length extension still apply?

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    $\begingroup$ I think this is more suitable for Computer Science or Cryptography. $\endgroup$ – Kaveh Dec 6 '12 at 7:34