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Microcode Protection Method

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000064341D
Original Publication Date: 1985-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-18

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Authors:
Matyas, SM Oseas, J [+details]

Abstract

This article discloses a method of protecting the secrecy and integrity of proprietary microcode during shipment to a customer and thereafter while being down-line loaded by the customer from a controlling host to a remote terminal device. Secrecy and integrity of the microcode could be maintained by encrypting the microcode and also by providing a set of cryptographic check digits calculated on the microcode using the Data Encryption Algorithm (DEA) [*] and one of the modes of encryption described in the American National Standard for information systems - data encryption algorithm - modes of operation, American National Standards Institute (ANSI) X3.106-1983. However, national security considerations may restrict the promulgation of encryption techniques.