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Old 01-21-2010, 03:50 PM
Ondřej Surý
 
Default Bug#566155: ITP: softhsm -- a cryptographic store accessible through a PKCS #11

Package: wnpp
Severity: wishlist
Owner: "Ondřej Surý" <ondrej@debian.org>

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* Package name : softhsm
Version : 1.1.2
Upstream Author : Rickard Bellgrim, .SE (The Internet Infrastructure Foundation)
* URL : http://trac.opendnssec.org/wiki/SoftHS
* License : BSD
Programming Lang: C
Description : a cryptographic store accessible through a PKCS #11

OpenDNSSEC handles and stores its cryptographic keys via the PKCS#11
interface. This interface specifies how to communicate with
cryptographic devices such as HSM:s (Hardware Security Modules) and
smart cards. The purpose of these devices is, among others, to
generate cryptographic keys and sign information without revealing
private-key material to the outside world. They are often designed to
perform well on these specific tasks compared to ordinary processes
in a normal computer.
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A potential problem with the use of the PKCS#11 interface is that it
might limit the wide spread use of OpenDNSSEC, since a potential user
might not be willing to invest in a new hardware device. To counter
this effect, OpenDNSSEC is providing a software implementation of a
generic cryptographic device with a PKCS#11 interface, the
SoftHSM. SoftHSM is designed to meet the requirements of OpenDNSSEC,
but can also work together with other cryptographic products because
of the PKCS#11 interface.

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