Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) are a set of US government security standards.

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Why RedHat Linux has obtained separate FIPS 140-2 certificates for OpenSSL , NSS, Kernel Crypto API etc?

I am wondering why RedHat Enterprise has obtained separate FIPS 140-2 certificates for OpenSSL , NSS, Kernel Crypto API etc. Is it not enough to have FIPS 140-2 certification for only one ...
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TPM support with OpenSSL FIPS Object Module

How can I use a TPM chip along with the OpenSSL FIPS Object Module without modifying OpenSSL FIPS Object Module (to avoid Private Label certification)? Should we add an engine interface in OpenSSL ...
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RSA BSAFE Crypto-J JCE provider - “Server Hello” returns unassigned Named Curve

I'm using the RSA BSAFE Crypto-J 6.2 JCE provider in Java as SSL/TLS server (in FIPS 140 Compliant Mode for SunJSSE). when I use any elliptic curve based key exchange mechanism the handshake fails ...
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If a HSM RNG is FIPS 140-2 compliant, does that imply FIPS 186-2 compliance also?

If the RNG of an HSM is said to be compliant to FIPS 140-2 (approved DRBG - SP 800-90 CTR mode) does also imply that it is compliant to FIPS 186-2?
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Why aren't there FIPS level 4 devices on the market?

While searching for a secure USB to use, I came across the Aegis secure key, which has FIPS Level 3 (140-2) security. I believe that it's the securest flash drive on the market. I found that the ...
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FIPS-2 assumptions (CJIS)

I feel more like a lawyer than an IT admin today. When the CJIS Security Policy states that "The remote administrative personnel connection shall be via an encrypted (FIPS 140-2 certified) path," I'm ...
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Is Tomcat session ID generation FIPS compliant?

I am trying to achieve the following security rule server must generate a unique session identifier using a FIPS 140-2 approved random number generator. I am using Tomcat 7.0.68 for my server, I am ...
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How crypto module integrity checks mandated by FIPS 140 standard help to make Linux based appliances safer?

After browsing dracut and hmaccalc rpm package source code I found out sha512hmac utility that is used to do do integrity checks for linux kernel (and other binaries) from initramfs boot stage uses ...
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What is purpose of fipscheck utility and fipscheck library on Linux?

So I am messing around with dracut and I am trying to get my Linux system in FIPS 140 mode by passing fips=1 to my linux kernel at the boot time from grub. However, I got confused on why dracut ...
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Using application that uses MD5 with FIPS 140-2

I am using ecryptfs for disk encryption which uses MD5. However I also have requirement to be FIPS 140-2 enabled which blocks MD5. My question is, without modifying ecryptfs is there a way I can get ...
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What's the difference between the same model with and without FIPS 140 certification?

We all know that there is a lot of FIPS 140-2 certified hardware available. However many hardware platforms come with either different grades of certification (e.g. level 2 vs level 3) or are branded ...
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FIPS Compliance with HMACSHA1 vs HMACSHA256 / HMACSHA512

My organization has a group policy that is applied to servers enforcing FIPS compliance (Windows AD policy). In .NET, HMACSHA1 is one of the encryption/hash algorithms that is FIPS compliant. I don't ...
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Enable FIPS 140.2 in Windows 7 (cng.sys version does not match with versions from NIST Validated list

I am currently working on an application running in Windows 7 Ultimate, and it has to be FIPS 140-2 compliance. As far as I have researched in https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/security/...
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Named curve value 0xffff in 'Server Hello' message

I'm using the RSA BSAFE Crypto-J 6.2 JCE provider in Java as SSL/TLS server (in FIPS 140 Compliant Mode for SunJSSE). It seems like at least Chrome and Firefox cannot establish a connection if ...
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OpenSSL is not giving correct result for encryption and decryption for FIPS test vector for AES -CFB1

I am running FIPS test vectors against AES-CFB. I am getting correct results for aes-cfb128 and aes-cfb8 but getting wrong results for aes-cfb1. The values being used by me for aes-cfb1 tests are: ...
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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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FIPS 140-2 Compliance vs Validation & Products vs. Modules vs. Ciphers

Some vendors appear to advertise their products as using "FIPS 140-2 compliant algorithms & ciphers". However, some of these products cannot be found on the NIST website that lists validated ...
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Why should I choose SHA (such as SHa-512), instead of bcrypt or PBKDF2, for FIPS-compliance?

Due to regulation, my company needs to be FIPS-compliant. I was looking at the current list of FIPS-approved cryptographical methods and I notice that neither bcrypt or PBKDF2 are in this list. ...
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Safenet iKey 4000 RSA key pair generation in FIPS 140-2 compliant mode

I need to generate RSA key pair and show the public and private key on screen (in a secured room). The algorithm must be FIPS approved. So I would like to use iKey 4000 which is FIPS 140-2 level 3 ...
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Can my software get FIPS 140-2 certified?

I am starting the early stages of researching the possibility of getting FIPS 140-2 certified, but I have run into some confusion. To start, our software is written in Java and does not actually do ...
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Requirements Placed on a User of a FIPS 140-2 Validated System

Per customer requirements, I am working with a FIPS 140-2 validated network switch that is actually running in FIPS mode. This guarantees that any cryptographic operations the device performs will be ...
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FIPS 201(-2): Central requirements for PIV?

I was recentely asked in the comments on some details on tamper-proofing of a smartcard in question. The term "FIPS-201" was used to specify what kind of details was needed. I understand that FIPS ...
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HSM maintenance

I have a HSM that is an asset within a information security management system and the help desk team tells me that the device is displaying a critical failure alert. So my questions are: Must I ...
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US FIPS equivalent of ISO 27001?

I am familiar with the US government's FIPS standards, like FIPS 140, policies and procedures; and security controls like those enumerated in SP800-53. I am less familiar with ISO 27001. A preview of ...
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How is ECIES available in FIPS Validated libraries?

ECIES is Elliptic Curve Integrated Encryption Scheme. Both Certicom's SecurityBuilder and RSA Data Security BSAFE provide ECIES. Both are FIPS 140 validated, and both clearly list ECIES in their data ...
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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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FIPS_mode_set failed: f06d065

I execute the following code in Netbeans and get the error : FIPS_mode_set failed: f06d065. How to enable FIPS mode and get the code running? #include <openssl/crypto.h> int main() { int mode ...
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OpenSSL implemented AES not according to NIST?

I have been using the Encryption/Decryption code from https://wiki.openssl.org/index.php/EVP_Symmetric_Encryption_and_Decryption. The NIST test vectors (http://csrc.nist.gov/groups/STM/cavp/) for AES ...
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Is it possible to wrap and export RSA private key in FIPS 140-2 Level 3 compliant hardware?

I would like to do the following on FIPS 140-3 Level 3 certified cryptographic token using PKCS#11: Generate RSA key pair on token Import AES key from multiple components Wrap and export RSA private ...
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PCI compliant RSA key generation and getting value of private exponent

Is it possible to generate RSA key and get its private exponent in clear and to be compliant with the following PCI requirement?: Keys must be generated so that it is not feasible to determine that ...
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What does a FIPS validation certificate cover? Just software version or OS and hardware too?

As I understand it, if you want to be FIPS-compliant you have to use FIPS-certified components. My question is how different can your use of the component by from what's on the component's validation ...
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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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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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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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FIPS Compliance with iOS app

Our company is working on getting FIPS validation for the iOS app and is in the initial phase. We have decided to use a private FIPS-certified libraries for using in the crypto modules. I have some ...
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How negative are virtual machines (vms) to /dev/urandom?

I looked at the questions here and here. This then piqued my interest as I've recently been involved with looking into FIPS compliance, and in my vm environment /dev/urandom compliance testing ...
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Full disk encryption on CentOS 6x - FIPS 140-2 compliant?

I'm using CentOS 6.5 on an existing server and am researching encryption options for compliance. SEDs are out since the controller in this older machine will not support them. That leaves full ...
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What needs to be encrypted for FIPS 140-2 compliance?

We're developing a Client/Server C# .NET application that needs to be FIPS compliant.Im reading a lot about FIPS online, but am having a bit of difficulty determining the difference between the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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: ...