ETAS and Infineon’s ESCRYPT CycurHSM based on AURIX microcontrollers obtains NIST CAVP certification

Industry News 2023-12-06

【Lansheng Technology News】The encryption algorithm suite of ETAS and Infineon Technologies AG has successfully passed certification. The certificate was validated under the National Institute of Standards and Technology's (NIST) Cryptographic Algorithm Validation Program (CAVP) and was awarded to ESCRYPT CycurHSM. The automotive embedded security software stack is based on Infineon’s second generation AURIX™ TC3xx semiconductor hardware security module (HSM).

The internationally recognized CAVP test protocol is considered the de facto standard. This standard verifies the quality of cryptographic algorithm implementations and ensures that they operate correctly in accordance with NIST, the U.S. federal agency responsible for developing cryptographic standards and guidelines. Independent verification of implemented cipher suites through the CAVP testing protocol ensures they meet key requirements for certification under the U.S. Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS), the U.S. federal government's encryption software standard.

Mark Elkins, Head of Concepts and Delivery at ETAS Automotive Security Operations, said: “By achieving CAVP certification, ETAS and Infineon further demonstrate their commitment to delivering best-in-class security solutions to their customers. CAVP certification relieves global automotive OEMs of the need to carry out additional algorithms The burden of verification is to ensure that the most advanced safety products are installed in their vehicles.”

Thomas Schneid, Senior Director of Software, Partner and Ecosystem Management at Infineon Technologies, said: “This CAVP certification will further enhance customers’ confidence in Infineon’s MCU products and software solutions developed within our partner ecosystem. AURIX’s rich product portfolio and having a solution provider like ETAS as a partner are enough to prove that AURIX is fully capable of meeting the increasingly demanding requirements of automotive applications as the market continues to evolve.”

ESCRYPT CycurHSM is an automotive embedded security software stack that implements secure trust anchors using hardware security modules on automotive microcontrollers (MCUs). It helps meet OEMs' complex security requirements and can be deployed in any automotive electronic control unit (ECU), including domain controllers. ESCRYPT CycurHSM can be smoothly integrated into any AUTOSAR stack or bootloader and works on non-AUTOSAR systems as well.

Infineon’s second generation AURIX TC3xx HSM is available for all models of the AURIX TC3xx MCU family. Therefore, the CAVP validation of ESCRYPT CycurHSM V2.7.13 applies to the entire AURIX TC3xx series. This shows that AURIX TC3xx HSM is fully capable of supporting CAVP-validated encryption algorithm implementations with the help of integrated cryptographic accelerators.

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