Secure Software for the Internet of Things

Allegro Software Announces Advanced Edition
Embedded Internet Software Toolkits That Empower Next-Generation
Embedded Systems Connectivity and Security

IPv6-Enabled Web Technology and FIPS 140-2 Cryptography for Embedded Systems

 

BOXBOROUGH, MA and SAN FRANCISCO, CA. February 24, 2014 – At the RSA® Conference 2014 in San Francisco, CA, Allegro Software, a leading supplier of Internet component software for embedded devices, today announced the Allegro Advanced Edition (AE) product suite targeting next-generation embedded systems connectivity and advanced security. Specifically engineered for the rigors of embedded computing, the Allegro AE product suite offers both IPv4 and IPv6 operation, allowing OEM manufacturers to build secure embedded device management architectures that perform seamlessly in IPv4 and IPV6 networking environments alike. The Allegro AE family of components is pre-integrated with the Allegro Cryptography Engine (ACE™) FIPS 140-2 level 2 validated cryptography module, enabling manufacturers to add standards-based cryptography to resource-sensitive embedded systems quickly, easily, and reliably while decreasing time to market. The full Allegro AE product suite is ideally suited for creating secure device management architectures in transportation, military, energy, healthcare, and communications applications where IPv6 operation and strong validated cryptography is a requirement.

 

CONNECTIVITY
Long recognized as a “growing issue” with the Internet, the allocation of IPv4 addresses has reached a tipping point. Regional Internet Registries (RIRs) manage the allocation and registration of Internet addresses throughout the five defined regions in the world. The Asia Pacific, Europe, and Middle East regions have exhausted their IP addresses, with the other regions of the world soon to follow. The global growth, acceptance, and use of connected devices are fueling the depletion of the few remaining address blocks in the limited pool of 4.3 billion IPv4 addresses.

 

IPv6 promises an almost unlimited address space in addition to many other global networking enhancements. For most large organizations, ISPs, and consumers, however, transitioning to IPv6 is more than simply flipping a switch. As a result, most networking environments will operate in both IPv4 and IPv6 environments for the foreseeable future before transitioning to a dedicated IPv6 network.

 

Allegro’s suite of Advanced Edition embedded Internet toolkits provide IPv6 and IPv4 operating modes, enabling OEM manufacturers to leverage the broad range of Web technology, functionality, and flexibility of the Allegro AE product suite to create innovative secure device management architectures in IPv4 environments today that will also work in IPv6 environments of the future.

 

SECURITY
Network-enabled embedded systems are sometimes referred to as the “quiet contributors” of the Internet of Everything. Anonymously working behind the scenes for many modern technologies ⎯ from fire trucks and automobiles, consumer healthcare products and medical devices to defense and energy management products and services ⎯ Internet-enabled embedded devices play the integral role of delivering connectivity into the hands of everyone. For the billions of connected devices in today’s marketplace, this presents significant new security challenges that must be addressed immediately and systematically.

 

For enterprise and embedded systems, the systematic implementation of standards-based encryption technology has proven invaluable in addressing security concerns. Many industries have a heightened awareness about the vulnerabilities that embedded systems face against the countless types of Internet attacks, and insist upon the effective utilization of cryptography to mitigate the risk of data theft. The Allegro Cryptography Engine (ACE) is one of the smallest, fastest, and most comprehensive FIPS 140-2 validated cryptography software modules on the market. Specifically engineered to meet the critical needs of embedded computing systems, ACE enables embedded systems developers to perform bulk encryption and decryption, message digests, digital signature creation and validation, and key generation and exchange easily. ACE includes a platform-independent implementation of the NSA-defined Suite B suite of cryptographic algorithms, as well as other FIPS-approved algorithms.

 

“As the Internet of Everything continues to grow, the need to smoothly transition to the next generation Internet Protocol (IPv6) is approaching rapidly,” says Bob Van Andel, President of Allegro. “Allegro’s Advanced Edition products allow engineering design teams to implement device-management architectures using IPv4 today that smoothly transition to the next-generation IPv6 in the near future. In addition, the Allegro AE suite of toolkits address the need for strong data privacy with advanced encryption and security technology for your embedded devices.”

 

The available Allegro AE suite of toolkits are:

 

Name

Description

RomPager AE

Embedded Web Server

RomWebClient AE

Embedded Web Client

RomSTL

Embedded TLS/DTLS/SSL

RomXML AE

Embedded XML

RomXOAP AE

Embedded SOAP

RomCert

Embedded X.509 Certificate Management

RomRadius

Embedded RADIUS Client

RomCLI AE

Embedded Command Line Interface

RomSShell AE

Embedded SSH

ACE

Allegro Cryptography Engine – FIPS 140-2 Level 2 and Suite B

 

The Allegro AE family of toolkits is provided as ANSI-C source code toolkits and is available now. For more information, stop by Booth #233 South Hall at the RSA Conference or visit our website: http://www.allegrosoft.com/allegro-ae.

 

About Allegro
Allegro Software Development Corporation is the premier provider of UPnP networking and device management technologies specifically targeted at embedded Internet applications. Since 1996, Allegro has been a force in the evolution of device management solutions with its RomPager embedded web server toolkit. Now also an active contributor to UPnP / DLNA initiatives, Allegro supplies a range of UPnP toolkits that offer portability, easy integration and full compliance with UPnP device specifications. Allegro is headquartered in Boxborough, MA.

 
 

Contacts:
Loren Shade
VP Marketing
Allegro Software Development Corporation
978-264-6600
loren@allegrosoft.com

 

 

Embedded FIPS 140-2 Cryptography

FIPS 140-2 Level 2 Logo

The Allegro Cryptography Engine (ACE) is a platform independent, high performance, resource sensitive, embedded  FIPS 140-2 Validated cryptography engine specifically engineered for the rigors of embedded computing. ACE enables OEM manufacturers to add sophisticated FIPS approved encryption technology to their designs and dramatically speed the development cycle. The ACE cryptography library is designed to meet the requirements needed for FIPS 140-2 validation.

ACE

Embedded systems are appearing in virtually all industries with the capability to communicate independently. The rapid adoption and deployment of modern communication technologies have enabled new applications in healthcare, military applications, energy management, consumer devices and many other areas. With these capabilities, comes the need for embedded device security. Any network-enabled device must be considered as a potential target for malicious intent. Encryption of sensitive data while in motion or at rest is a key component to thwarting malicious attacks and reducing risk.

ACE is a cryptographic library module for embedded computing systems that provides validated software implementations of FIPS-approved algorithms for the calculation of message digests, digital signature creation and verification, bulk encryption and decryption, key generation and key exchange. Used stand-alone or pre-integrated with Allegro's Secure IoT Suite, ACE provides CAVP validated implementations of sophisticated FIPS approved encryption algorithms for use in embedded systems. In 2005, the National Security Agency (NSA) defined a set of cryptographic algorithms that when used together, are the preferred method for assuring the security and integrity of information passed over public networks such as the Internet. Today, Suite B is globally recognized as an advanced standard for cryptography that defines algorithms and strengths for encryption, hashing, calculating digital signatures and key exchange. ACE includes a platform independent, CAVP validated implementation of the NSA Suite B defined suite of cryptographic algorithms. ACE is delivered as ANSI C source.

Securing Data In Motion

Many IoT applications often collect and correlate valuable sensitive information at the edge of the Internet and routinely transmit it to servers in the cloud securely. TLS and DTLS are the “defacto” standards for keeping data secure when communicating with servers in the cloud. Allegro’s RomSTL, embedded TLS, and DTLS toolkit, tightly integrates FIPS validated cryptography with a standards-based, embedded implementation of TLS/DTLS to keep your data secure while in motion. RomTLS is additionally integrated to make use of ACE’s support of Suite B algorithms (RFC 6460).

Securing Data At Rest

Allegro’s secure data-at-rest solution is tightly integrated with ACE validated FIPS 140-2 cryptography. Before offloading data to cloud-based applications, any sensitive information stored by IoT devices faces numerous threats and risks of unintentional exposure. Adding data encryption to the transmission process has been the traditional method for reducing this risk. However, simply encrypting data transmissions doesn’t fully address many of the threats aimed at recovering small segments of data or potentially the entire collection. Allegro's Secure IoT Suite provides IoT design engineers the ability to proactively address the threat surface created when storing sensitive data on persistent media. Rather than encrypting data at a volume or drive level where exposing a single set of keys potentially compromises a significant amount of sensitive data, Allegro’s secure data-at-rest solution encrypts information at the file level.

ACE can be used stand-alone or pre-integrated with Allegro’s Secure IoT Suite.

TM: A Certification Mark of NIST, which does not imply product endorsement by NIST, the U.S. or Canadian Governments

ACE - FIPS Mode

 

Digital Signature Algorithms

  • RSA (FIPS 186-4) Key lengths: 2048, 3072
    • Padding Modes: ANSI X9.31, PKCS #1v1.5, PSS
  • DSA (FIPS 186-4) Key lengths: 2048, 3072
  • ECDSA (FIPS 186-4) Curves: NIST P-224, P-256, P-384, P-521

Symmetric Keys

  • AES Key lengths: 128, 192, 256
    • Modes: ECB, CBC, CTR, CFB1, CFB8, CFB128, OFB, CCM
  • AES-GCM Key lengths: 128, 192, 256
  • AES-XTS Key lengths: 128, 256
  • TripleDES
    • Modes: ECB, CBC, CFB1, CFB8, CFB64, OFB

Hash Functions

  • SHA-1
  • SHA-224
  • SHA-256
  • SHA-384
  • SHA-512
  • SHA3-224
  • SHA3-256
  • SHA3-384
  • SHA3-512

Message Authentication

  • HMAC-SHA-1
  • HMAC-SHA-224
  • HMAC-SHA-256
  • HMAC-SHA-384
  • HMAC-SHA-512
  • AES-GMAC Keylengths: 128, 192, 256
  • AES-CMAC Keylengths: 128, 192, 256

Key Agreement

  • DH (NIST SP 800-56A)
  • ECDH Curves: NIST P-224, P-256, P-384, P-521

Key Derivation

  • Password-Based Key Derivation Function 2 (PBKDF2)
  • TLS Key Derivation Functions

Random Number Generator

  • DRBG (NIST SP 800-90B)

 

ACE - Non-FIPS Mode

All of the above in addition to the following:

 

Digital Signature Algorithms

  • RSA: arbitrary key lengths 1024, 2048, 3072
  • DSA: arbitrary key lengths 1024, 2048, 3072

Symmetric Keys

  • DES
  • RC4

Hash Functions

  • MD2
  • MD4
  • MD5

Message Authentication

  • HMAC-MD5

 

 

Features

Benefits

Small code footprint

More resources available for application features

ANSI C Source Code Distribution

Broad processor architecture support, eases porting and support

Processor, RTOS and TCP/IP stack agnostic

Allegro's products will work with new or existing hardware and software designs

Flexible Security and External Security support

Use software encryption or if available make use of hardware cryptography acceleration

Compilation switches for size, feature and speed trade-offs

Allows the development team to optimize for system resources

Supported RFCs

System Requirements

  • Processor Architecture - Works with any 16-bit, 32-bit or 64-bit processor
  • Operating System(OS) - Works with any OS vendor and will function without an OS if needed
  • Compiler - ANSI C

NIST CVMP Validation Reference

FIPS 140-2 Level 2 Logo

Validated FIPS FIPS 140-2 Cryptographic Modules

 

Certificate Number Status NIST Link
3432 Active NIST Reference
2966 Active NIST Reference
2048 Historical NIST Reference

CAVP Validation References

 

AES Validation

Validation Number Date
AES 5574 7/27/2018
AES 5573 7/27/2018
AES 4121 10/14/2016
AES 2671 11/8/2013
AES 2314 1/18/2013
AES 2271 11/15/2012

 

DSA Validation

Validation Number Date
DSA 1116 10/14/2016
DSA 810 11/8/2013
DSA 728 1/18/2013
DSA 708 11/15/2012

 

RSA Validation

Validation Number Date
RSA 3000 7/27/2018
RSA 2999 7/27/2018
RSA 2227 10/14/2016
RSA 1374 11/8/2013
RSA 1197 1/8/2013
RSA 1164 11/15/2012

 

ECDSA Validation

Validation Number Date
ECDSA 1505 7/27/2018
ECDSA 1504 7/27/2018
ECDSA 936 10/14/2016
ECDSA 465 11/8/2013
ECDSA 379 1/18/2013
ECDSA 367 11/15/2012

 

Triple-DES

Validation Number Date
TDES 2251 10/14/2016
TDES 1602 11/8/2013
TDES 1459 1/18/2013
TDES 1418 11/15/2012

 

SHA Validation

Validation Number Date
SHS 4478 7/27/2018
SHS 4477 7/27/2018
SHS 3390 10/14/2016
SHS 2243 11/8/2013
SHS 1997 1/8/2013
SHS 1952 11/15/2012

 

ECC Component Validations

Validation Number Date
Component 2005 7/27/2018
Component 2004 7/27/2018
Component 927 10/14/2016
Component 148 11/8/2013
Component 50 1/8/2013
Component 43 11/15/2012

 

DRBG Validation

Validation Number Date
DRBG 2224 7/27/2018
DRBG 2223 7/27/2018
DRBG 1241 10/14/2016
DRBG 430 11/8/2013
DRBG 286 1/8/2013
DRBG 279 11/15/2012

 

SHAKE/SHA-3 Validation

Validation Number Date
SHA-3 8 7/27/2018

 

KDF TLS Validation

Validation Number Date
Component 2062 9/7/2018
Component 2061 9/7/2018
Component 1074 1/27/2017

 

KAS FFC Validation

Validation Number Date
Component 927 10/14/2016
Component 148 11/8/2013
Component 43 11/15/2012

 

KAS ECC Validation

Validation Number Date
Component 2005 7/27/2018
Component 2004 7/27/2018
Component 927 10/14/2016
Component 148 11/8/2013
Component 50 1/8/2013
Component 43 11/15/2012

 

HMAC SHA2 Validation

Validation Number Date
HMAC 3715 7/27/2018
HMAC 3714 7/27/2018
HMAC 2692 10/14/2016
HMAC 1661 11/8/2013
HMAC 1430 1/8/2013
HMAC 1390 11/15/2012

 

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