Cryptographic hardware enables the handling of cryptographic tasks and/or problems using hardware instead of software solutions.

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How relevant are hardware implementations of crypto algorithms?

All of the SHA-3 finalists discussed speed and efficiency of a hardware implementation of their algorithms. How relevant are such details? I'm curious about who commercializes hardware that ...
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How long does it take to extract a key from a FIPS-140 Level 2 device?

How long does it take to extract a key from a FIPS-140 Level 2 device? What records are there of successful extraction? How much did the first extraction from a given device cost? How much would a ...
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Is it worth applying a MAC on data in a HSM?

I'm building a basic HSM out of an Arduino, and am using the following scheme to store data: Master symmetric key $k_m$ stored in firmware (secure bit set to prevent trivial extraction). Secondary ...
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What is a smart card?

In many cryptographic protocols, some information is transmitted within smart cards. So, what is a smart card? Is it a physical card? What are they used for in cryptographic protocols?
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Learning cryptography using a FPGA

I have a FPGA and am curious what cryptographic applications I can use with it. I'm just a hobbyist / security researcher and not a professional cryptographer. Since I'm creating my own curriculum, ...
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Avalanche noise RNG for one-time pad use

I came across this little HRNG widget and was really intrigued as I have been looking for a decent but afordable source for truly random bits to use in a one-time pad. The question is, would a HRNG ...