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Cryptographic key component

Abbreviation(s) and Synonym(s): Definition(s):

  One of at least two parameters that have the same security properties (e.g., randomness) as a cryptographic key; parameters are combined in an approved security function to form a plaintext cryptographic key before use.
Source(s):
NIST SP 800-57 Part 1 Rev. 3 under Cryptographic key component (key component) [Superseded]
NIST SP 800-57 Part 1 Rev. 4 under Cryptographic key component (key component)

  See Cryptographic key component.
Source(s):
NIST SP 800-57 Part 1 Rev. 3 under Key component [Superseded]
NIST SP 800-57 Part 1 Rev. 4 under Key component

  One of at least two parameters that have the same format as a cryptographic key; parameters are combined in an Approved security function to form a plaintext cryptographic key before use.
Source(s):
NIST SP 800-57 Part 2 under Cryptographic key component (key component)