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[FYI] NT4 flunks crypto test
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According to linuxtoday:
Last summer, Microsoft hoped to see NT 4.0 breeze through government
tests of encryption features such as Data Encryption Standard and
digital signatures. But things didn't go exactly as planned. Products
must pass the Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-1
certification test before they can be sold to the U.S. and Canadian
governments. Not only did the Redmond, Wash., giant fail the
cryptography tests, but Microsoft officials now acknowledge that the
lab scrutiny exposed shortcomings in NT's cryptographic processing
that will force Microsoft to redesign the operating system.
Microsoft admits it might have
sidestepped the interoperability mess if it had gotten into the
government's test program earlier. "We got into this a bit late,"
Arnold confesses. "We weren't effectively paying attention." Late
indeed. The FIPS 140-1 test program was started five years ago by the
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), with help from
the National Security Agency.
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