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Abreviation for National Institute of Standards and Technology. A USA government institution which publishes standards, most notably the FIPS 140-2 standard for cryptographic modules.

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Why would Bill Burr of NIST say N3v$r M1^d?

Wall Street Journal wrote that Bill regrets his password recommendations NIST SP 800-63 Appendix A. Apprendix A is titled "Estimating Password Entropy and Strength". It is about how we might assess ...
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What is the format of an X9.62 key?

RFC8292 contains this gem: The "k" parameter includes an ECDSA public key [FIPS186] in uncompressed form [X9.62] that is encoded using base64url encoding [RFC7515]. There is an example of the use of ...
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SQL RLS for NIST compliance

Is there specific NIST documentation advising about implementing MS SQL Row-Level security for 800-53 compliance?
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How to get the latest CVE list? [duplicate]

Can I get an auto push/auto news feeds of NVD CVE list into my local machine? I have zero idea on using those feeds that available to be download here. Can someone provide some guide please?
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Testing of a Public key Infrastructure

I need to devise test scenarios to test according to the ISTQB standard (or there abouts). Testing should focus on functional tests such as certificate path validation, ensuring keys are backed up etc....
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Suggestions on satisfying security controls described in NIST SP 800-53?

I recently started working on a project where my role is partially that of a cybersecurity engineer. Reading through the NIST SP 800-53, I understand the necessity of the security controls assigned, ...
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ICAT Metabase: Vulnerability's consequences

I'm trying to use the open source tool MulVal to generate Attack graphs. MulVal uses the ICAT Metabase to classify the effects of Vulnerabilities. ICAT was superseded by the publicly available ...
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NIST 800-53 rev 4 - CM-7(2) implementation on Linux

NIST 800-53 rev 4 CM-7(2) states: (2) LEAST FUNCTIONALITY | PREVENT PROGRAM EXECUTION The information system employs automated mechanisms to prevent program execution in accordance with [Selection (...
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What are vendor affirmed algorithms in FIPS 140-2

FIPS 140-2 allows FIPS approved algorithms to be either tested by CAVP or to be vendor affirmed. What does "vendor affirmed" imply here? Can I say my AES implementation as vendor affirmed and get it ...
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How are local admin accounts handled in a DFARS compliant environment?

In most IT departments that I've been apart of we've had local administrator accounts that we can use when the given machine, for some reason, doesn't have network access, or domain access. One of ...
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What options exist for logging off users after x time of inactivity? [closed]

I'm looking at NIST SC-10, and I thought something simple would exist in Group Policy that would control this, but I haven't been able to find anything built in. Things I've thought about trying: ...
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Conflicting requirements in FIPS 140-2 regarding manual key entry

Requirement 1 All output data exiting the cryptographic module via the "data output" interface shall only pass through the output data path. The output data path shall be logically disconnected ...
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​Multi-factor Out of Band Token authentication options suitable as per NIST recommendations 800-63B (published in June, 2017)

In our web application project we are required to establish MF authentication with combination of memorised secret token (password) and Out of Bound token. Earlier we were planning to implement SMS ...
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Are protocol implementations also tested as part of FIPS certification?

I just went to CMVP website and opened a random FIPS certificate. https://csrc.nist.gov/Projects/Cryptographic-Module-Validation-Program/Certificate/2898 In the FIPS certificate, FIPS algorithms ...
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What are the similarities and differences between CISSP CBK, ISO/IEC, and the NIST NICE Framework? [closed]

There are a ton of different information security/cyber security frameworks but I was wondering if someone can give a quick rundown of some major similarities and differences. It'll really help me ...
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Practical applications of NIST new password policy

I have previously asked about the application of the NIST Special Publication 800-63-3 (password policy). Password Policy Without a simple way to add a password blacklist to AD, what are the common ...
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Password Policy

Does anyone know if it is possible within Active Directory to add a table of 'weak passwords' that will be banned? Looking to align password policies with the new NIST recommendations: https://pages....
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Password expiration and compliance (ISO, NIST, PCI, etc)

I'm quite confused about what is the current state in 2017 for the idea of password expiration/rotation especially related to security certifications as ISO, PCI, etc. I keep reading that password ...
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I need assistance in properly understanding the IA-7 control in NIST SP 800-53

I've recently been working on a number of A&A tasks for the RMF for a US Government entity, and I'm having a hard time properly understanding the IA-7 control of NIST SP 800-53 and the supplement ...
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Public vulnerability feed with CVSS v3

NIST NVD publishes XML feeds of CVEs but, as far as I'm concerned, only with CVSS v2 vectors. CVSS v3 results are available on web portal. Is there available any up to date, processing friendly, raw ...
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NIST Framework Cyber Security Maturity Assessment [closed]

How can I assess customer cyber security posture based on NIST framework and provide scoring? What is the easiest approach, milestones, steps to do it - I know that I need to ask questions and then ...
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Firewall rulebase analysis offline/vendor agnostic a thing for FISMA/NIST

During design-time before a build-out, I currently create an excel file version of a firewall rulebase (policy) representing source/target/port/protocol/etc definitions before being pushed to the ...
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Multiple Frameworks for Risk Assessments?

My organization utilizes Risk Assessments as the catalyst for a lot of our Information Security efforts. Currently we assess applications using the cloud security alliance's CAIQ framework and ...
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Why Microsoft claims that SQL Server is the least vulnerable database? [closed]

Microsoft claims in their official site that “SQL Server is the least vulnerable database for six years running in the NIST vulnerabilities database”, I reviewed the NIST web site, but I can’t find a ...
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In-Memory Database Storage and Security (MemSQL, Spark, Redis, Geode, et al)

There is a growing trend to utilize more In-Memory Storage for a wide variety of use cases from big data analytics (Spark) to faster processing power (MemSQL) to caching (Redis) most frequently ...
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NIST SP 800-90A DRBG, incorrect reult following algorithm, correct result rearranging algorithm steps?

I've been starring at this issue for about three days now, and think I need a second set of eyes on the problem. I'm implementing NIST's HASH_DRBG from SP 800-90A Rev. 1, June 2015 (its the latest doc ...
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What are the NIST/FBI requirements for Fingerprint readers, and Iris scans?

Background I'm trying to locate the US government standard for fingerprint readers and mobile devices. I heard in passing that the iOS fingerprint reader only scans 9 points, where the FBI ...
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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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NIST SI-7 experience [closed]

On a recent project we have been asked to implement NIST SI-7 parts 1, 3 and 4. I have looked for a full software solution, but cannot find anything like that. Does anyone have any experience on this?...
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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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how to make non HTTP Applications PK-enabled

I have a server application that is using Winsock2.0 for client communication, this application is a service. The client is also a Windows desktop application and performs few operations. For example ...
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Who can certify RNG according NIST SP800-22?

I have written my own random number generator as a C library and I tested it on NIST Statistical Test Suite. Now I would like to get a certification to have a formal proof that my C library generates ...
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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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More secure curve than Curve25519

As far as I know, Curve25519 offers "only" a security level equal to an 128bit symmetric cipher. I'd like to know if there are new (not NIST) curves, which provide a security-level comparable to a ...
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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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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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CCM instead of key wrap

Is there any instance of NIST or other encryption standards using AES-CCM to encrypt/authenticate key data? I would like to use CCM over a keywrap function, but cannot find any precedent for this in ...
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Information Security Policy and Information Security Plan

I have a question about the guidance in NIST 800-53. The PM-1 controls in NIST 800-53 call for an information security plan. Does this plan typically include all of the organizations information ...
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Cryptographic Testing

Given an algorithm (say, AES), how to create/generate test vectors? I have tried using the NIST test vectors for AES and found it to be working fine with a package of "chilkat". Suppose, for a ...
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Advice on if I should talk at my local user group about NIST, InfoSec etc [closed]

I have been toying with the idea for a while now about doing my first talk, on my last project I was building a Risk Management portal for information security so I had to read all about Risk ...
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Difference between hardening guides (CIS, NSA, DISA)

I'm researching OS hardening and it seems there are a variety of recommended configuration guides. I realize the different configuration providers supply different offerings per Operating System, but ...
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ISO and Password Security

I have to go through background check. The company providing the service to the client is called Verifications, Inc. Verifications, Inc claims to have a data security plan, ISO certification and US ...
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What is the exactly mean of these CPE file fields?

I am working in the development of an application that have to download and parse this CPE file definition: http://static.nvd.nist.gov/feeds/xml/cpe/dictionary/official-cpe-dictionary_v2.3.xml My ...
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Which is the Best Cipher Mode and Padding Mode for AES Encryption? [closed]

As per PCI-DSS 3.4 requirement: For storing Credit Card Data Strong Cryptography should be used. I decided to use AES Encryption which is a strong and mostly recommended crypto for encrypting Credit ...
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What does the field vuln-security-protection stand-for in the NVD cve lists 2.0?

In the different NVD files which enumerates the CVE, which can be found here There is from time to time the field <vuln:security-protection> , containing often the value ALLOWS_OTHER_ACCESS or ...
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Understanding WS-Security and XML-Enc parts of a SOAP Request

I'm attempting to build a SOAP client to consume the services provided by eMedNy. They've provided me with a client X.509 certificate along with their server X.509 certificate. Their user guide ...
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NIST test vectors for HMAC-SHA-256

I'm working on an implementation of HMAC-SHA-256 in classic ASP (legacy code). I currently have it working, and the resulting values are correct compared to some test cases I came up with along with ...
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Why is NIST removing & not updating TLS guidance? What is the replacement?

The document NIST Special Publication 800-52 Guidelines for the Selection and Use of Transport Layer Security (TLS) Implementations was retired without superseding it with a newer document. In ...
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What is SHA-3 and why did we change it?

On the 2nd of October NIST decided that SHA-3 is the new standard hashing algorithm, does this mean we need to stop using SHA-2 as it is not secure? What is this SHA-3 anyway?
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Has SHA-3 Arrived?

I know NIST called for contenders (in 2007) regarding the new hash algorithm to replace SHA-2. Has there been a selection, or finalists selected?