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FIPS 140-1 Validation for Cryptographic Service Providers
Article ID: 237849
This article was previously published under Q237849
Microsoft Cryptography Service Providers (CSPs) do not retain Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-1 validations.
Windows NT Server or Workstation 4.0To resolve this problem, obtain the latest service pack for Windows NT 4.0 or the individual software update. For information on obtaining the latest service pack, please go to:
Windows NT Server 4.0, Terminal Server EditionTo resolve this problem, obtain the latest service pack for Windows NT Server 4.0, Terminal Server Edition. For additional information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/152734/EN-US/ )How to Obtain the Latest Windows NT 4.0 Service Pack
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in Windows NT 4.0 and Windows NT Server 4.0, Terminal Server Edition.
This problem was first corrected in Windows NT Server 4.0 Service Pack 6 and Windows NT Server 4.0, Terminal Server Edition Service Pack 6.
FIPS is a U.S. Government standard that provides a benchmark for implementing cryptographic software. It specifies the best practices for implementing cryptoalgorithms, handling key material and data buffers, and working with the operating system. Software vendors submit their products to an evaluation process to demonstrate their implementation of this standard. Other governmental and prominent financial institutions are also beginning to require the FIPS 140-1 validation.
The following four CSPs are updated in Windows NT 4.0 Service Pack 6:
For the latest information about security issues related to Microsoft products, including the FIPS 140-1 validation, please visit the following Microsoft Web site: