iOS 6 Secures FIPS 140-2 Certification, Expands Government Usage

Following recent developments where the US Department of Defense signaled its endorsement of iOS 6 devices, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has now confirmed that iOS 6’s cryptographic module has secured the FIPS 140-2 certification (Level 1).

This development is poised to significantly impact the adoption of iOS technology within governmental operations, potentially extending to Mac devices in the future.

The Apple iOS CoreCrypto Kernel Module v3.0, operational in FIPS mode, is engineered to “generate cryptographic keys influenced by the entropy available.” This module, a software-based cryptographic system, operates on a standalone multi-chip mobile platform, aiming to safeguard data both in transit and at rest.

This certification acknowledges that the module adheres to the FIPS 140-2 standards, achieving Level 1 status which, while being the most basic, does not necessitate advanced physical security measures beyond the use of production-grade components.

The CoreCrypto module incorporates several FIPS-approved algorithms such as Triple-DES, AES, and SHS among others.

The testing of this cryptographic module was conducted on devices including the iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, and iPad running iOS 6.0 in single-user mode.

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