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Python implementation of AES and SHA256/512 that are FIPS-140-2 validated?

For security purposes I need to use AES encryption and SHA256/512 in my Django/Python project. I know there are various libraries out there that provide different encryption methods but I can't seem ...
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What is the relationship between Suite B and FIPS 140-2?

What is the relationship between the Suite B algorithms and FIPS 140-2 certification? Does OpenSSL meet both criteria? From what I've read, it seems that OpenSSL's crypto library implements many ...
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TPM support with OpenSSL FIPS Object Module

How to use TPM chip along with OpenSSL FIPS Object Module without modifying OpenSSL FIPS Object Module (to avoid Private Label certification)? Should we add an engine interface in OpenSSL module as ...
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Is cloud hosting allowed for FIPS 140-2?

I am in the very early stages of making my application FIPS 140-2 compliant... so early in fact that I am not sure what level it has to be... just writing a preliminary recommendations document at ...
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Android and FIPS

I've recently been tasked with a research project to write a "secure messaging application" using "government approved protocols" (the government being the USA). I'm taking this to mean asymmetric ...
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Are RADIUS and TACACS+ Ever Allowed in FIPS 140-2 Compliant Scenarios?

Are RADIUS and TACACS+ Ever Allowed in FIPS 140-2 Compliant Scenarios? I understand that RADIUS uses the MD5 hashing algorithm and I'm pretty sure TACACS+ does too, and I do not believe there is any ...
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OpenSSL vs NSS from FIPS-140-2 and Suite B perspective?

Does anyone know of any work/papers/articles comparing the relative strengths and weaknesses of NSS and OpenSSL? EDIT: In case there aren't any existing documents/articles, I would certainly ...
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FIPS compliant application based on OpenSSL

Let's say I need to write a simple application for signing/checking some data. The hard part is, that it must be FIPS 140-2 compliant. I was thinking to do it using OpenSSL FIPS Object Module 2.0 but ...
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Role vs Identity based authentication? What is the difference?

What is the difference between role-based authentication and identity-based authentication? If a system uses ONLY a password mechanism to authenticate operators (different PIN for Admin and User) it ...
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FIPS Compliance for my Android project

I am working on a security-related project and have to make sure it is FIPS 140-2 compliant. According to my understanding, FIPS compliance is compliance at hardware as well as software level. ...
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OpenSSL vs FIPS enabled OpenSSL

A deceptively simple question. How does OpenSSL compare to FIPS enabled OpenSSL? Is it any less secure? How do I tell? If I were concerned about security, not the NIST standard, is there any real ...
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FIPS 140-1 and FIPS 140-2

I tried googling for this info but it's not easily available because FIPS 140-1 is now really old. Does FIPS 140-2 automatically cover FIPS 140-1 - i.e. if a device (in my case an HSM - Hardware ...
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Compatibility between OpenSSL 0.9.8r and OpenSSL FIPS Object Module v1.2?

I have a private key in PEM format that was generated by OpenSSL FIPS Object Module v1.2 using a proprietary third party tool (that I cannot avoid using). This third party tool encrypted the private ...
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How does Cipher Block Chaining relate to AES?

I was reading FIPS197 for a class (found here: http://csrc.nist.gov/publications/fips/fips197/fips-197.pdf ) trying to find some sort of specific relation between CBC and AES. I guess my problem is ...
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Citation Needed for FIPS Anecdote Regarding MD5 and RC4

I've heard it mentioned many times by colleagues and other information security professionals that it is a violation of Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) regulations for an ...
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What drives FIPS140-2 compliance?

I guess this questions is directed at Product Managers, but I would be very interested to learn what people in the know think. What are the most common factors that drives FIPS140-2 compliance for ...
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Are there any FIPS140-2 requirements that apply when boot code is updated in the field?

FIPS140-2 standard specifies the following conditional test to be performed by the cryptographic module if software or firmware components can be externally loaded into a cryptographic module: ...
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Can I enter PINs or passwords into a FIPS140-2 crytographic module in plaintext?

Do passwords (or PINs) used for authentication of operators of a cryptographic module have to be protected (encrypted) when entered into the FIPS140-2 defined cryptographic boundary? Are the ...
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A SW system constructed with Microsoft CNG can be FIPS 140-2 Level 2 Compliant?

We have to design and construct a system that signs files with sensible data, like evidences/proofs. The sign process is simple, basically calculate MD5 of the file content and encrypt the MD5 result ...
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What cryptographic module does Sql Server 2008 use to run in Fips 140-2 compliant mode by default?

One can configure Sql Server 2008 to run in FIPS 140-2 compliant mode, in the same manner as running Bitlocker in FIPS 140-2 compliant mode. Which is to activate FIPS 140-2 compliant mode in the ...
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What does “if the Crypto Officer performs this operation” mean in this BitLocker security policy?

In the document Windows Server 2008 R2 BitLockerâ„¢ Drive Encryption Security Policy For FIPS 140-2 Validation, in the section 6.1.2 FIPS 140-2 Security Rules bullet point 2 it says: BitLockerâ„¢ will ...
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Is BitLocker on a virtual machine still FIPS 140-2 compliant?

BitLocker can be used as a cryptographic module to fulfill FIPS 140-2 security level 1 compliance. In a common setup, USB thumb drives can be used to unlock drives encrypted by BitLocker on startup. ...
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Are TPM chips or the equiavlent required for FIPS 140-2 security level 1 compliance?

A 'TPM chip' is: a secure cryptoprocessor that can store cryptographic keys that protect information FIPS 140-2 requires a cryptographic module, which can be hardware, software, or both that ...
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Does Bitlocker qualify as the 'Cryptographic Module' defined in FIPS140-2?

Wikipedia defines Bitlocker as: BitLocker Drive Encryption is a full disk encryption feature included with the Ultimate and Enterprise editions of Microsoft's Windows Vista and Windows 7 ...
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Help on interpretation of FIPS-140 paragraph

This is from the FIPS 140-2 standard: Cryptographic keys stored within a cryptographic module shall be stored either in plaintext form or encrypted form. Plaintext secret and private ...
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General Question on FIPS requirements

I understand that FIPS addresses cryptographic operations. My question is, is it addressing exactly this? For example, can an application loading a keystore use a non-FIPS provider? Any input or ...
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Question of importance of FIPS in security implementations

I am by far, no security expert but I experience on the subject working in Java (JCA,JCE and JSSE). Anyway, recently there was a discussion about FIPS compliance. I looked into this and SUN's ...
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How to apply FIPS to Microsoft Access database with custom VBA

As the software engineer on a project, I have been asked to make a Microsoft Access application, with custom interfaces running custom VBA. That part is going just fine. Recently though I was asked to ...