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SmartCard-HSM Blog

On October 16th, 2017 a group of security researchers published a report about a flaw detected in the RSA key generation function, which is part of the cryptographic library used in Infineon Smartcard microcontroller and TPM modules.

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Devices for the Internet-of-Things (IoT) often operate in hostile environments. That makes securing cryptographics keys even more important, as you don’t want your keys to access the infrastructure (LAN and back-end) floating around in cyberspace.

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The new 2.1 release of the SmartCard-HSM is a minor release, adding two important new features: Controlled secure messaging binding of the authentication state and key agreement with authenticated public keys.

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Building a SmartCard-HSM cluster is a very cost-effective way to increase cryptographic processing power. The ability to securely migrate keys from one SmartCard-HSM to another allows adding devices as the demand increases.

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Cryptographic keys do not only need to be well protected from copying, it is just as important to control key access and usage. Placing keys on a hardware security module helps little, if it is easier to steal the hardware than it is to break into the software.

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SSH is the de-facto standard used by system administrators to access remote systems. Often SSH is used with password based authentication, however the recommended way is to use public key authentication.

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In October 2014, I had the pleasure to present IAEA’s new Universal Instrument Token at the Symposium on International Safeguards.

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Starting in November 2014, the SmartCard-HSM USB-Stick ships with a new hardware revision.

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Have you ever accidently deleted an important cryptographic key? Or suffered a hardware defect which results in the loss of key material?

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EJBCA is the most popular open-sourced and enterprise-ready certification authority. It’s build on J2EE technology and scales well from small corporate installations to national PKIs with millions of issued certificates. Since version 6 it has a great UI to manage keys in a HSM.

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The SmartCard-HSM has always had support for Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC), however initial support in OpenSC was somewhat limited. With the latest 0.14 release of the popular open source crypto middleware, support for ECC is on-par with RSA support.

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