[openssl-users] FIPS Linux kernel documentation ?

jonetsu at teksavvy.com jonetsu at teksavvy.com
Wed Mar 25 22:26:00 UTC 2015

On Wed, 25 Mar 2015 17:03:04 -0400
Steve Marquess <marquess at openssl.com> wrote:

> I wasn't aware the Linux kernel (the real one, not proprietary
> commercial derivatives) had a "FIPS" mode. Please enlighten me.

It could very well be that the word 'mode' is not the right one.
'option' would perhaps be better.  This article from 2009 sets the


I wonder, 6 years later, what the kernel fips option implies.  Maybe I
could try to contact Neil Horman andéor look into the sources.

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