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Cryptographic Module Validation Program CMVP

Certificate #2941


Module Name
nShield Solo XC F3 [1] and nShield Solo XC F3 for nShield Connect XC [2]
FIPS 140-2
 Historical Reason
186-2 transition
Overall Level
When installed, initialized and configured as specified in Section 5.2.3 of the Security Policy. The module generates cryptographic keys whose strengths are modified by available entropy
Security Level Exceptions
  • Mitigation of Other Attacks: N/A
Module Type
Multi-Chip Embedded
The nShield XC F3 PCIe card, sold as nShield XC F3 PCIe server-embedded hardware security modules (HSMs) and also used in the nShield Connect XC network appliance HSMs, are multi-tasking HSMs optimized for symmetric and asymmetric operations on protected keys. The nShield modules are FIPS 140-2 Level 3 embedded devices for applications including but not limited to PKI, SSL/TLS, Secure Manufacturing, Data Protection, Key Management and Provisioning.
Tested Configuration(s)
  • N/A
Approved Algorithms
AES Certs. #3664, #3697 and #3711
CVL Certs. #669, #682, #696 and #1111
DRBG Cert. #985
DSA Certs. #1034 and #1039
ECDSA Certs. #771, #776, #790 and #805
HMAC Cert. #2414
KBKDF Certs. #73 and #75
KTS AES Cert. #3664 and #3711; key establishment methodology provides between 128 and 256 bits of encryption strength
PBKDF vendor affirmed
RSA Certs. #1897, #1903 and #1917
SHS Certs. #3082 and #3130
Triple-DES Certs. #2046 and #2073
Other Algorithms
Hardware Versions
NC4035E-000 [1] and NC4335N-000 [2], Build Standard A
Firmware Versions
3.3.21, 3.4.1, and 3.4.2


nCipher Security Limited
One Station Square
Cambridge CB1 2GA
United Kingdom

Validation History

Date Type Lab
6/23/2017 Initial DXC Technology
11/7/2017 Update DXC Technology
8/7/2018 Update DXC Technology
6/3/2019 Update DXC Technology