NORCROSS, GEORGIA: – AMI, a global leader in BIOS and UEFI firmware, server and remote management tools, data storage products and unique solutions based on the Linux® and Android™ operating systems, has added improved support for increased platform security with stronger hashing algorithms and larger encryption key sizes in Aptio® V Secure Firmware update and Secure Boot. The Aptio V signed firmware components provide support for additional cryptographic algorithms (SHA-384, SHA-512, RSA key size 4096, 8192) for core components like signed firmware updates and signed image verification (Secure Boot). This adoption qualifies the use of Aptio V firmware for the growing needs of US government and other security sensitive applications.
Hashing algorithms are a type of cryptographic algorithm. A hashing algorithm is considered a one way function that produces an output considered very difficult or impossible to derive the original input from the output. These hashing algorithms are used to preserve data integrity, pointing out modifications made to the original data. When it comes to hashing algorithms, generally the larger the hashing output, the more difficult it is to reverse engineer the original input. Encryption keys are also used in cryptographic security and work in conjunction with an encryption algorithm to hide data while it is transmitted. When it comes to key sizes, generally the larger the key, the more difficult it is to recover the original data.
Firmware security is and continues to be a big concern within the firmware industry; so much that many industry-wide specifications outline requirements and suggestions for stronger security in the changing landscape of security threats. Since firmware is vulnerable to attacks, it is necessary to have proper security protocols set up to protect the firmware. Incorporating the more powerful hash algorithms and support for larger key sizes in Aptio V Secure Firmware update and Secure Boot allow customers to expand security on their platforms.
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