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Publication Citation: Cryptographic Algorithms and Key Sizes for Personal Identity Verification

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Author(s): William T. Polk; Donna F. Dodson; William E. Burr;
Title: Cryptographic Algorithms and Key Sizes for Personal Identity Verification
Published: August 01, 2007
Abstract: [Superseded by SP 800-78-2(February 2010): http://www.nist.gov/manuscript-publication-search.cfm?pub_id=904962] SP 800-78-1 has been modified to enhance interoperability, simplify the development of relying party applications, and enhance alignment with the National Security Agency's Suite B Cryptography [SUITE B]. Revision 1 reduces the set of elliptic curves approved for use with PIV cards and the supporting infrastructure from six curves to two. Also, SHA-384 has been added for use with Curve P-384 in this revision. And finally, this revision eliminates the largest size of RSA keys (3072 bits) on PIV cards. These changes simplify applications that require maximum interoperability: the number of OIDs that must be recognized (e.g., in certificates) has been significantly reduced; and elliptic curve implementations of elliptic curve cryptography can be optimized for operations over two specific curves. [Supersedes SP 800-78 (April 2005): http://www.nist.gov/manuscript-publication-search.cfm?pub_id=917454]
Citation: Special Publication (NIST SP) - 800-78-1
Pages: 20 pp.
Keywords: conformance test, Personal Identity Verification, FIPS 201, cryptographic algorithms, key sizes, PKI
Research Areas: Computer Security, Cybersecurity