[cryptography] Which encryption chips are compromised?

Paul Wouters paul at cypherpunks.ca
Thu Dec 12 14:37:44 EST 2013


On Thu, 12 Dec 2013, coderman wrote:

> of course, this could be because companies like Sun charge $9,999 for
> an HSM/accelerator that is at best a reasonable cost at $1,499...

If you mean the SCA 6000, those were $1600 at Sun. When Oracle bought
them they just bumped it to $10k. On ebay you can see listings right
now for $300-$750 for used ones, with the familiar traces of heated up
plastic :)

And yes, no one should use them as accelerator. They only have an HSM
function at this point. And in practise, they've turned out to be a
bit troubled with overheating and crashing linux drivers.

Paul


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