Canada - Cryptographic Algorithm Validation

By: Ewa Canada  09-12-2011
Keywords: It Security

Cryptographic algorithm validation is a prerequisite of validations under the , as each approved algorithm implemented in a module must be validated as meeting the requirements of the applicable FIPS, NIST or ANSI standard.

For each algorithm requiring validation, EWA-Canada generates test files and provides these to the vendor who must then run them through their cryptographic algorithm implementation to generate a correct set of outputs from the supplied input vectors.  Once the output files are returned, they are verified and, if correct, a submission is made to the CAVP for validation of the algorithm implementations and issuance of algorithm validation certificates.

EWA-Canada can perform verification of the following:

Symmetric Algorithms

    Asymmetric Algorithms

      Hashing Algorithms

        Random Number Generator (RNG) Algorithms

        • ANSI X9.31 - Appendix A.2.4 - Using 2-Key Triple DES (specifies the RNG for the RSA algorithm)
        • ANSI X9.62 - Appendix A.4 (specifies the RNG for the ECDSA algorithm)

        Message Authentication Algorithms

        The EWA-Canada IT Security Evaluation & Test Facility can also perform the testing of the algorithm implementations or refer you to a FIPS 140-2 support specialist to perform the testing.

Keywords: It Security

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