Allegro Software Announces FIPS Embedded Device Security

FIPS Validated Cryptography Library for Embedded Systems

 

BOXBOROUGH, MA – December 16, 2013 – Allegro Software Development Corporation, a leading supplier of Internet component software for embedded devices, today announced that it has earned FIPS 140-2 level 2 validation for the Allegro Cryptography Engine, ACE™. Specifically engineered for the rigors of embedded computing, ACE enables manufacturers to add standards-based cryptography to resource sensitive embedded systems quickly, easily and reliably while decreasing time to market. ACE is ideally suited for use in embedded transportation, military, energy, healthcare and communications applications where strong validated cryptography is a requirement.

 

FIPS 140-2
Early embedded systems were unprepared to address the new security implications of network connectivity. Many industries now have a heightened awareness that embedded systems and larger enterprise systems that include embedded devices are vulnerable to a whole new realm of Internet attacks. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has taken steps to ensure security and compatibility between communicating computers by defining Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS). They specifically identified a set of guidelines (FIPS 140-2) for cryptographic-based security systems to protect sensitive information in computer and telecommunication systems, whether desktop or embedded, and asserted the requirement that vendors must comply to these standards to sell and support the government or its contractors. The application and testing process to earn FIPS 140-2 validation is rigorous and non-trivial, but for companies selling security products to the federal government, their contractors or allies overseas, formal FIPS validations are a prerequisite to eligibility for government contracts.

 

ACE and FIPS 140-2 Validation
The 140-2 FIPS (Federal Information Processing Standards) are used to accredit cryptographic “modules” that drive secure software or hardware implementations, and most federal agencies and contractors working on sensitive government projects are prohibited from buying products containing security software that is not officially FIPS-validated. Allegro applied for and received FIPS 140-2 level 2 validation for the Allegro Cryptography Engine. ACE is one of the smallest, fastest, and most comprehensive FIPS 140-2 validated software modules on the market. ACE was specifically engineered to meet the critical needs of embedded computing systems and purposely designed to meet the requirements for FIPS 140-2 validation. With a common software interface, embedded systems developers can easily perform bulk encryption and decryption, message digests, digital signature creation and validation, and key generation and exchange. ACE additionally includes a platform independent implementation of the NSA defined Suite B suite of cryptographic algorithms, as well as other FIPS approved algorithms. The FIPS approved cryptographic algorithms included in ACE have been validated and are listed on the NIST CAVP sites along with the final validation designation on the NIST CVMP site.

 

“Data privacy is a significant issue for the billions of network-enabled embedded systems that inhabit the Internet” says Bob Van Andel, President of Allegro. “Allegro’s ACE toolkit significantly reduces risk, development effort, integration and testing time while giving our customers FIPS-validated security solutions engineered for use in embedded systems.” ACE is delivered as an ANSI-C source code toolkit and is available now. For additional information on ACE, visit our website: www.allegrosoft.com/ace

 

Reference
NIST CAVP Sites:
 

http://csrc.nist.gov/groups/STM/cavp/documents/aes/aesval.html

http://csrc.nist.gov/groups/STM/cavp/documents/drbg/drbgval.html

http://csrc.nist.gov/groups/STM/cavp/documents/dss/ecdsanewval.html
 

NIST CVMP Site:
 

http://csrc.nist.gov/groups/STM/cmvp/documents/140-1/140val-all.htm

 

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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