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Entity Authentication

FIPS Documents

FIPS 196, Entity Authentication Using Public Key Cryptography February 1997.

FIPS 196 specifies unilateral and mutual challenge-response protocols for the authentication of entities in a computer system. This involves the generation and verification of digital signatures on information that includes a random number challenge.


Testing is not available for entity authentication implementations.

Future Plans

NIST has no current plans for modifying this FIPS, or for issuing any additional standards.