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NIST to Revise Special Publication 800-38D | Galois/Counter Mode (GCM) and GMAC Block Cipher Modes
March 05, 2024

In August 2021, NIST's Crypto Publication Review Board initiated a review process for NIST Special Publication (SP) 800-38D, Recommendation for Block Cipher Modes of Operation: Galois/Counter Mode (GCM) and GMAC (2007).

On August 23, 2023, NIST proposed to revise SP 800-38D and received two public comments in response.
NIST has decided to revise SP 800-38D, as proposed, to include the following:

  • remove support for authentication tags whose lengths are less than 96 bits,
  • clarify that the construction of initialization vectors (IVs) for GCM in the Transport Layer Security (TLS) 1.3 protocol is approved,
  • clarify the guidance in connection with the IV constructions, and
  • update the references.

The public comments on the decision proposal are consistent with the announced plan to revise SP 800-38D, and those comments will be considered as the revision is prepared. NIST will request further public comments when the draft revision is released.

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More details of this review are available at NIST’s Crypto Publication Review Project site.

Parent Project

See: Crypto Publication Review Project

Related Topics

Security and Privacy: authentication, cryptography

Created March 04, 2024, Updated March 05, 2024