Saturday, December 21, 2013
NSA payed $10 Millions RSA for TCPA Chip backdoor key !
Undisclosed until now was that RSA received $10 million in a deal that set the NSA formula as the preferred, or default, method for number generation in the BSafe software, according to two sources familiar with the contract.
The endorsement key is a 2048-bit RSA public and private key pair, which is created randomly on the chip at manufacture time and cannot be changed. The private key never leaves the chip, while the public key is used for attestation and for encryption of sensitive data sent to the chip, as occurs during the TPM_TakeOwnership command.
99% BAD HARDWARE WEEK: TCPA (until TPM 2.0) has been compromised.