Via puts RNGs on new processors

Joshua Hill josh-crypto at
Tue Apr 8 19:22:40 EDT 2003

On Tue, Apr 08, 2003 at 04:24:27PM -0400, Anton Stiglic wrote:
> In fact to be a bit more precise, for FIPS 140-2  level 3 the module
> needs to provide a call for the statistical tests, and it may automatically
> start the tests on power up. For FIPS 140-2 level 4, the module must
> execute the statistical tests on power up.

This was the case for the initial version of the standard (as well as FIPS
140-1), but this requirement has since been dropped.  (as of Dec 3, 2002)

There are no longer any power on or user initiated statistical tests
required by FIPS 140-2.  The testing lab still needs to perform some
tests while testing the module, but that's the extent of it.


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