[cryptography] IETF Working Group Charter on Common Interface to Cryptographic Modules (CICM)

James A. Donald jamesd at echeque.com
Tue Jun 21 18:45:06 EDT 2011

On 2011-06-21 11:50 PM, Peter Gutmann wrote:
 > The problem is that
> introducing a totally new crypto API today is going to be pretty much
> impossible.  The NSA, in the mid to late 1990s, when the only well-established
> crypto API around was PKCS #11, published three different reports on crypto
> API design, presumably to meet the sorts of goals you're listing, but AFAIK
> the work never went anywhere.  Now we have PKCS #11, CryptoAPI, JCE, OpenSSL,
> and some others, as well-established, entrenched APIs.

Standards are good, everyone should have their own.

That there are "some others" suggests the usual long tail of standards.

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