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Is OpenSSL FIPS Object Module fips validated for ARM64?

For OpenSSL FIPS Object Module on http://csrc.nist.gov/groups/STM/cmvp/documents/140-1/1401vend.htm I don't see support for ARM64 / iOS 7, just ARM7 and ARMV7S Does this mean that for ARM64 it ...
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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 ...