[openssl-users] new FIPS module

Zeke Evans Zeke.Evans at microfocus.com
Tue Sep 27 14:57:54 UTC 2016

> As always, if you don't care about FIPS 140 then count yourself lucky and
> move on.
> Work on the new FIPS module has so far taken a backseat to higher priority
> topics like the 1.1 release and security vulnerabilities, but we should start to
> make some progress soon. I've put together a rough wiki page outlining
> some goals for the new FIPS module:
>   https://wiki.openssl.org/index.php/FIPS_module_3.0
> Within the very tight constraints of schedule, resources, and what is
> permitted by FIPS 140, we want this FIPS module to be as widely useful as
> possible.
> If we've omitted anything of vital importance please speak up.

The fixed base address requirement causes problems for large Windows x86 applications and there isn't a great work around.  It isn't clear to me if item 2 " Support compilation in various forms" will address this or not.  An option to compile the fips module as a dll instead of a static lib would be nice or at least allow the fips capable module to be rebased.

Zeke Evans
Senior Software Engineer
Micro Focus

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