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Ribose Contributes Implementations of Chinese Cryptographic Algorithms to OpenSSL

Enables compliant usage of OpenSSL toolkit within China

[13 September, 2018 — Hong Kong & Newark, US]

Ribose has contributed the SM2, SM3 and SM4 Chinese cryptographic algorithms to the OpenSSL cryptographic library, which are now available for general use as part of OpenSSL’s version 1.1.1 release.

SM2, SM3, SM4 are “commercial cryptography” algorithms, mandated by the State Cryptographic Administration to be used within China, in accordance with the “Regulation on the Administration of Commercial Cryptography” issued by the State Council of the PRC in 1999. The algorithms are widely applied in technologies used within China to enable legal usage of cryptography, including public key infrastructure (PKI), identification and banking cards, Trusted Platform Module, and the OpenPGP and Transport Layer Security protocols.

SM2 is an elliptic curve cryptographic system (ECC) that provides algorithms for public-key encryption, digital signatures, key agreement, and also parameters for the SM2-specific elliptic curve. SM2 was first published in 2010, and standardized as Chinese cryptographic standard GM/T 0003 and GB/T 32918 (5 parts).

SM3 is a cryptographic hash algorithm designed by Prof. Xiaoyun Wang as a counterpart to the NIST SHA-256 algorithm with several strengthening features. SM3 was first published in 2010, and standardized as Chinese cryptographic standard GM/T 0004 and GB/T 32905.

SM4 is a symmetric encryption algorithm designed for data encryption. The Chinese counterpart to AES (Advanced Encryption Standard), it is a 128-bit blockcipher designed for speed and suitability for encryption on low-powered devices. Designed by Prof. Shu-Wang Lu, it was standardized as Chinese cryptographic standard GM/T 0002 and GB/T 32907.

Matt Caswell of OpenSSL said, “The OpenSSL project develops and disseminates open and freely available technology to enable people worldwide to protect their data and communication. By supporting the Chinese cryptographic standards (SM2, SM3 and SM4) we hope to enable broader usage of OpenSSL within China for those industries adopting these national algorithms. We sincerely thank Ribose for their contributions to the OpenSSL project.”

According to Ribose founder Ronald Tse, “Ribose is a staunch supporter of open-source and allowing people to secure their own data — this contribution enables people and organizations operating in China to legally utilize the market-leading cryptographic library, OpenSSL, to protect their information. We appreciate the opportunity to collaborate with the OpenSSL team and commend them for supporting cryptography usage worldwide.”

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Originally published at BusinessWire.