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Understanding Juniper Networks FIPS Level 1 Support


Understanding Juniper Networks FIPS Level 1 Support

Following from Juniper website:

What Is FIPS?

Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) are a set of standards that define security requirements for products that implement cryptographic modules used to secure sensitive but unclassified information. The most recent standards are defined in the FIPS Publication 140-2.

The FIPS documents define, among other things, security levels for computer and networking equipment. U.S. Federal Government departments, and other organizations, use FIPS to evaluate the cryptographic capabilities of the equipment they consider for purchase. Cryptographic modules are validated against separate areas of the FIPS specification. An overall certification level is assigned based on the minimum level achieved in any area. Although primarily aimed at environments requiring strict security, FIPS levels are increasingly enforced as qualifying criteria for all U.S. Federal Government contracts. Security-conscious private enterprises might also use FIPS levels as an equipment evaluation benchmark. FIPS levels also serve as a customer-neutral description of vendor requirements. Vendors can engineer security products to FIPS levels and extend the applicability and eligibility of these products across a broad customer base, thereby eliminating exhaustive and time-consuming customer-by-customer product qualification procedures.

What Is FIPS Level 1 Support?

Juniper Networks offers FIPS level 1 support starting with Secure Access Service release 7.4 and Access Control Service release 4.4. Both services use a 140-2 level 1 certified cryptographic module to comply with FIPS. When FIPS level 1 support is enabled applications, such as browsers, accessing the web server must support Transport Layer Security (TLS), the latest version of Secure Socket Layer (SSL). If the platform features hardware acceleration, then for SSL processing SSL hardware acceleration is disabled,  (IPSec hardware acceleration is not affected), as hardware acceleration does not comply with FIPS validation. Only FIPS approved algorithms are used when in FIPS level 1 support is enabled.

Note: You cannot run FIPS level 1 support on a hardware FIPS platform such as the SA6500 FIPS SSL VPN Appliance. For more information on the hardware FIPS platform, see the Secure Access Service Administration Guide and the Access Control Service Administration Guide.

For more information about the Juniper Networks Pulse Cryptography Module, see the security policy PDF Document and the validation certificate. For a complete list of validated FIPS 140-1 and FIPS 140-2 cryptography modules, see http://csrc.nist.gov/groups/STM/cmvp/documents/140-1/140val-all.htm#2012.

Published: 2014-01-17

FIPS Supported Platforms

The following platforms support FIPS level 1:

  • Junos Pulse Gateway MAG2600
  • Junos Pulse Gateway MAG4610
  • Junos Pulse Gateway MAG6610
  • Junos Pulse Gateway MAG6611
  • Junos Pulse Gateway MAG-SM160
  • Junos Pulse Gateway MAG-SM360
  • Secure Access Service and Access Control Service virtual appliances

Supported Cipher Suites when FIPS Level 1 Support is Enabled