How the change to SHA-256 impacts CODE-1 PLUS, Finalist and VeriMove

Products affected: CODE-1 Plus™, Finalist® and VeriMove™
Operating System:all platforms.
During a 2015 audit, the USPS® was found to not be using the proper Secure Hash Algorithm (SHA) logic in the USPS® Link products.

On October 21, 2015, the USPS® formally announced a change to the Link products (DPV®, LACSLink®, SuiteLink®, RDI™, and others) that will require implementation of newer/compliant SHA code in all USPS® Link products before August 1, 2017. The USPS® will ship the last old style SHA databases in July 2017.

At the same meeting, the USPS® told CASS™ developers that there will not be a CASS™ release in 2017 in order to provide the development community with time to implement the SHA changes. Although the SHA changes will not require CASS™ changes, there is a mandated change to support the new SHA changes by August 1, 2017. 

CODE-1 Plus™ 4.1 will have support for SHA-256 (except for RDI).  CODE-1 Plus 4.2 will have full support for SHA-256.  
Finalist® 9.2 has full SHA-256 support and Verimove™ 3.7 will have full SHA-256 support.

After the August 1, 2017, SHA-1 data will no longer be available for downloading.

(This change does not affect MailStream Plus™, as it does not use any of the affected Coding files.)
UPDATED:  May 14, 2019