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Portable Symmetric Key Container (PSKC) (RFC6030) Disclosure Number: IPCOM000200902D
Original Publication Date: 2010-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2010-Oct-30

Publishing Venue

Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

Related People

P. Hoyer: AUTHOR [+2]


With the increasing use of symmetric-key-based systems, such as encryption of data at rest or systems used for strong authentication, such as those based on One-Time Password (OTP) and Challenge/Response (CR) mechanisms, there is a need for vendor interoperability and a standard format for importing and exporting (provisioning) symmetric keys. For instance, traditionally, vendors of authentication servers and service providers have used proprietary formats for importing and exporting these keys into their systems, thus making it hard to use tokens from two different vendors.

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Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)                          P. Hoyer Request for Comments: 6030                                 ActivIdentity Category: Standards Track                                         M. Pei ISSN: 2070-1721                                                 VeriSign                                                               S. Machani                                                               Diversinet                                                             October 2010

                 Portable Symmetric Key Container (PSKC)


   This document specifies a symmetric key format for the transport and    provisioning of symmetric keys to different types of crypto modules.    For example, One-Time Password (OTP) shared secrets or symmetric    cryptographic keys to strong authentication devices.  A standard key    transport format enables enterprises to deploy best-of-breed    solutions combining components from different vendors into the same    infrastructure.

Status of This Memo

   This is an Internet Standards Track document.

   This document is a product of the Internet Engineering Task Force    (IETF).  It represents the consensus of the IETF community.  It has    received public review and has been approved for publication by the    Internet Engineering Steering Group (IESG).  Further information on    Internet Standards is available in Section 2 of RFC 5741.

   Information about the current status of this document, any errata,    and how to provide feedback on it may be obtained at

Hoyer, et al.                Standards Track                    [Page 1]
 RFC 6030         Portable Symmetric Key Container (PSKC)    October 2010

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Table of Contents

   1. Introduction ....................................................