wolfSSL embedded ssl has been available for QNX since the first source release of the product. We have compared wolfSSL’s current build size on QNX against OpenSSL and the results surprised us. A standard wolfSSL build for QNX is 80k. This compares to a standard OpenSSL build size of 2M. The wolfSSL embedded implementation is more than 25 times smaller than OpenSSL on QNX!
You can find more information about QNX from their website: http://www.qnx.com/
If you have any questions or want more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
wolfSSL is a popular tool for digitally signing applications, libraries or files prior to loading them on embedded devices. As such, it is ideal for signing firmware updates. The reason that embedded RTOS environments do not include digital signature functionality is because it has historically not been a requirement for most embedded applications. However, in today’s world of connected devices and heightened security concerns, digitally signing the firmware that is loaded onto your embedded or mobile device has become a top priority. Because wolfSSL supports the key embedded and real time operating systems, encryption standards, and authentication functionality, it is a natural choice for embedded systems developers to use when signing firmware updates.
Generally, the process for setting up code and file signing on an embedded device are as follows:
1. The embedded systems developer will generate an RSA key pair.
2. A server side script based tool is developed
a. The server side tool will create a hash of the code to be loaded on the device with SHA-256 for example.
b. The hash is then digitally signed, also called a RSA private encrypt.
c. A package is created that contains the code along with the digital signature.
1. The package is loaded on the device along with a way to get the RSA public key. The hash is re-created on the device and then digitally verified (also called RSA public decrypt) against the existing digital signature.
Digitally securing your firmware updates can:
1. Protect against updates from unauthorized parties
2. Enable a secure method for allowing third parties to load files to your device
3. Ensure against malicious files finding their way onto your device
Do you need help setting up code signing for your firmware updates? Let us know as we can help in setting up server-side scripts as well as device-side requirements. Contact us at email@example.com.
The yaSSL team will be in Boston at the Embedded Systems Computing show next week as well. If you are attending and have questions, inquiries, or just want to visit, stop by our booth to say Hi! We look forward to seeing you there!
More background on code signing:
A great article on the topic at embedded.com: http://embedded.com/design/216500493?printable=true
General information on code signing: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Code_signing
The yaSSL team will be in Boston at the Embedded Systems Computing show. We’ll be talking primarily about four topics:
The new yaSSL Embedded Web Server
A tiny embedded web server designed with security in mind. It is highly portable and available on a wide range of platforms. It is perfect for resource constrained environments.
The wolfSSL Embedded SSL Library
A small embedded SSL implementation that supports the latest standards up to TLS 1.2 and DTLS. Runs on almost all embedded environments.
The new wolfSSL Java provider for Android
A version of wolfSSL for the Android platform. This new port was originally written for our existing customers and users who need cross platform capabilities.
Also, come by our booth if you’d like to talk with us about the process of bringing a C library over to Android. We pioneered this process and have the arrows in our backs to prove it. We can offer some advice on what to look out for and have a white paper on the topic.
Solutions to today’s common device security problems!
Military: Secure communications to/from your drone, UAV, etc.
Networked device firmware updates: Talk to us about our recipes for building secure firmware update systems.
DRM: Securing digital media with wolfSSL streaming media security functionality as the foundation stone.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Hi! Most of our readers will already know that AES is a key encryption standard used by governments worldwide, and that wolfSSL has always supported AES.
Intel has released a new set of instructions that is a faster way to implement AES, and wolfSSL is currently the first ssl library to fully support the new instruction set for production environments.
Essentially, Intel has added AES instructions at the chip level that perform the compute intensive parts of the AES algorithm, boosting performance.
What we’ve done is add the functionality to wolfSSL to allow it to call the instructions directly from the chip, instead of running the algorithm in software. This means that when you’re running wolfSSL on a chipset that supports AES-NI, you can run your AES crypto 5-10 times faster!
If you’re doing some benchmarking for your environment, let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org we’ll be happy to support you with the effort. Our current benchmarks are in the lab, and we’d like to work with users that can help us further define real world expectations for speed improvements from AES-NI.
References and further reading, ordered from general to specific:
Wikipedia entry on AES: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Advanced_Encryption_Standard
Wikipedia entry on AES-NI: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AES_instruction_set
Intel Software Network page on AES-NI: http://software.intel.com/en-us/articles/intel-advanced-encryption-standard-instructions-aes-ni/
See the README of wolfSSL 1.6.5 for instructions on building with AES-NI.
Release 1.6.5 for CyaSSL adds bug fixes and x509 v3 self signed certificate generation. For general build instructions see doc/Building_CyaSSL.pdf. For details on how to use certificate generation, refer to section 11 in the wolfSSL manual.
To enable certificate generation support, add this option to ./configure
An example is included in ctaocrypt/test/test.c and documentation is provided in doc/CyaSSL_Extensions_Reference.pdf item 11. Please contact email@example.com with any questions.
Hi! We’ll be exhibiting at the upcoming Embedded Systems Computing show in Boston. Please come by and see us if you’re at the show. We’ll be talking about the latest release of the wolfSSL embedded ssl library, as well as our new product, the yaSSL Embedded Web Server.
Looking forward to seeing you there! If you want to schedule a specific time with us outside of exhibit hours, then contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here’s a nice article for embedded designers faced with securing an 802.11 device: https://www.embedded.com/design/prototyping-and-development/4206409/10-things-to-consider-when-securing-an-embedded-802-11-Wi-Fi-device.
Stapko’s item 8 on the list caught our attention. He correctly states that “Wi-Fi security protocols are big and slow.” However, the article is an overview, and is not intended to discuss which ones are bigger and slower, and which ones are smaller and faster. This, of course, is where we must chirp up and make the point that the wolfSSL embedded ssl solution is sized under 50k, as opposed to some solutions which are 20-50 times that size.
John Sawyer of Dark Reading has put out another great blog post on using SHODAN to find exposed network devices like “printers, routers, fiber channel switches and industrial control systems” on a corporate network, and provides some useful advice for discovering those devices. See: https://www.darkreading.com/risk/finding-exposed-devices-on-your-network/d/d-id/1134269? for the full post.
Have you ever wondered if there is a reason for the wolf in our logo? Why does a security company that focuses on embedded SSL products choose a wolf over any number of possible logo designs? We chose a wolf to be part of our logo for several reasons:
• Wolves like to live in free and open environments.
• Wolves communicate and hunt in packs, like open source developers hunt bugs.
• Wolves are lean and fast.
Our recent release of the yaSSL Embedded Web Server:
The yaSSL Embedded Web Server is available for download for both OSX and Linux from our downloads page. We look forward to hearing your feedback! Please contact us for more information regarding the yaSSL Embedded Web Server.