SoftHSM Publisher's description
from Rickard Bondesson
SoftHSM is an implementation of a cryptographic store accessible through a PKCS#11 interface.
SoftHSM is an implementation of a cryptographic store accessible through a PKCS#11 interface. It can be used to explore PKCS#11 without having a Hardware Security Module. It is being developed as a part of the OpenDNSSEC project. SoftHSM uses Botan for its cryptographic operations.
OpenDNSSEC handles and stores its cryptographic keys via the PKCS#11 interface. This interface specifies how to communicate with cryptographic devices such as HSM:s (Hardware Security Modules) and smart cards. The purpose of these devices is, among others, to generate cryptographic keys and sign information without revealing private-key material to the outside world. They are often designed to perform well on these specific tasks compared to ordinary processes in a normal computer.
A potential problem with the use of the PKCS#11 interface is that it might limit the wide spread use of OpenDNSSEC, since a potential user might not be willing to invest in a new hardware device. To counter this effect, OpenDNSSEC is providing a software implementation of a generic cryptographic device with a PKCS#11 interface, the SoftHSM. SoftHSM is designed to meet the requirements of OpenDNSSEC, but can also work together with other cryptographic products because of the PKCS#11 interface.
В· Maximum 2048 concurrent sessions with the library
В· The number of objects per token is limited by the integer counter of the database, around 4.29 billion objects.
В· RSA 512-4096 bit
Sign and verify:
What's New in This Release:В· The library is now installed in $libdir/softhsm/.
В· This release does not give a warning about the schema version if the token has not been initialized yet.
В· The tools now return the correct exit code.
System Requirements:No special requirements.
Program Release Status: Minor Update
Program Install Support: Install and Uninstall