Encryption algorithms supported by IBM Personal Communications 6.0

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What are the encryption algorithms that IBM Personal Communications version 6.0 supports?

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This is to document the encryption algorithms that Personal Communications supports.

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IBM Personal Communications version 6 uses two security providers:

  • Microsoft Cryptographic API (MSCAPI)
  • IBM Global Security Kit (GSKIT).

The cipher suites used in MSCAPI are described in Cipher Suites in Schannel.

However, it depends on the underlying Windows operating system. Also there is a way to Restrict the Use of Certain Cryptographic Algorithms and Protocols in Schannel.

The GSKIT Cipher Specs can be either TLS1.0 or TLS1.1 or TLS1.2 and FIPS mode is enabled by default. (Refer Note #3).

Here is the list of available cipher specs:

SSLv3 (In May 2008 an update of FIPS 140-2 Guidance from NIST shows that SSL V3 has been specifically excluded from being allowed in FIPS 140-2 Approved Mode. Therefore products should disable SSLV3 when entering FIPS 140-2 mode.)

Allowed TLSV10 CipherSpecs:
TLS_RSA_WITH_NULL_NULL
TLS_RSA_WITH_NULL_MD5
TLS_RSA_WITH_NULL_SHA
TLS_RSA_EXPORT_WITH_RC4_40_MD5
TLS_RSA_WITH_RC4_128_MD5
TLS_RSA_WITH_RC4_128_SHA
TLS_RSA_EXPORT_WITH_RC2_CBC_40_MD5
TLS_RSA_WITH_DES_CBC_SHA
TLS_RSA_WITH_3DES_EDE_CBC_SHA
TLS_RSA_EXPORT1024_WITH_DES_CBC_SHA (Deprecated)
TLS_RSA_EXPORT1024_WITH_RC4_56_SHA (Deprecated)
TLS_RSA_WITH_AES_128_CBC_SHA
TLS_RSA_WITH_AES_256_CBC_SHA

FIPS Allowed TLSV10 CipherSpecs:
TLS_RSA_WITH_AES_128_CBC_SHA
TLS_RSA_WITH_AES_256_CBC_SHA
TLS_RSA_WITH_3DES_EDE_CBC_SHA

Allowed TLSV11 CipherSpecs:
TLS_RSA_WITH_NULL_NULL
TLS_RSA_WITH_NULL_MD5
TLS_RSA_WITH_NULL_SHA
TLS_RSA_WITH_RC4_128_MD5
TLS_RSA_WITH_RC4_128_SHA
TLS_RSA_WITH_DES_CBC_SHA
TLS_RSA_WITH_3DES_EDE_CBC_SHA
TLS_RSA_WITH_AES_128_CBC_SHA
TLS_RSA_WITH_AES_256_CBC_SHA

FIPS Allowed TLSV11 CipherSpecs:
TLS_RSA_WITH_AES_128_CBC_SHA
TLS_RSA_WITH_AES_256_CBC_SHA
TLS_RSA_WITH_3DES_EDE_CBC_SHA

Default TLSV12 CipherSpecs:
TLS_RSA_WITH_AES_128_GCM_SHA256
TLS_RSA_WITH_AES_256_GCM_SHA384
TLS_RSA_WITH_AES_128_CBC_SHA256
TLS_RSA_WITH_AES_256_CBC_SHA256
TLS_RSA_WITH_AES_128_CBC_SHA
TLS_RSA_WITH_AES_256_CBC_SHA
TLS_RSA_WITH_3DES_EDE_CBC_SHA
TLS_ECDHE_ECDSA_WITH_AES_128_CBC_SHA
TLS_ECDHE_ECDSA_WITH_AES_256_CBC_SHA
TLS_ECDHE_ECDSA_WITH_AES_128_CBC_SHA256
TLS_ECDHE_ECDSA_WITH_AES_256_CBC_SHA384
TLS_ECDHE_RSA_WITH_AES_128_CBC_SHA256
TLS_ECDHE_RSA_WITH_AES_256_CBC_SHA384
TLS_ECDHE_ECDSA_WITH_AES_128_GCM_SHA256
TLS_ECDHE_ECDSA_WITH_AES_256_GCM_SHA384
TLS_ECDHE_RSA_WITH_AES_128_GCM_SHA256
TLS_ECDHE_RSA_WITH_AES_256_GCM_SHA384
TLS_RSA_WITH_NULL_SHA256
TLS_RSA_WITH_NULL_SHA
TLS_ECDHE_RSA_WITH_NULL_SHA
TLS_ECDHE_ECDSA_WITH_NULL_SHA

FIPS Allowed TLSV12 CipherSpecs:
TLS_RSA_WITH_AES_128_CBC_SHA
TLS_RSA_WITH_AES_256_CBC_SHA
TLS_RSA_WITH_3DES_EDE_CBC_SHA
TLS_RSA_WITH_AES_128_GCM_SHA256
TLS_RSA_WITH_AES_256_GCM_SHA384
TLS_RSA_WITH_AES_128_CBC_SHA256
TLS_RSA_WITH_AES_256_CBC_SHA256
TLS_ECDHE_RSA_WITH_3DES_EDE_CBC_SHA
TLS_ECDHE_RSA_WITH_AES_128_CBC_SHA
TLS_ECDHE_RSA_WITH_AES_256_CBC_SHA
TLS_ECDHE_ECDSA_WITH_AES_128_CBC_SHA256
TLS_ECDHE_ECDSA_WITH_AES_256_CBC_SHA384
TLS_ECDHE_RSA_WITH_AES_128_CBC_SHA256
TLS_ECDHE_RSA_WITH_AES_256_CBC_SHA384
TLS_ECDHE_ECDSA_WITH_AES_128_CBC_SHA
TLS_ECDHE_ECDSA_WITH_AES_256_CBC_SHA
TLS_ECDHE_ECDSA_WITH_AES_128_GCM_SHA256
TLS_ECDHE_ECDSA_WITH_AES_256_GCM_SHA384
TLS_ECDHE_RSA_WITH_AES_128_GCM_SHA256
TLS_ECDHE_RSA_WITH_AES_256_GCM_SHA384
TLS_ECDHE_ECDSA_WITH_3DES_EDE_CBC_SHA

Note:

1. IBM Personal Communications 6.0.12 does not support SSLv3 security protocol anymore. This is due to the security vulnerability in SSLv3 that has been referred to as Padding Oracle On Downgraded Legacy Encryption (POODLE) attack.
For more information, please refer to the Security Bulletin at:

http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg21687560

The Security Protocol drop-down box on the Security Setup tab no longer lists SSL only as the security protocol. The lowest level of security protocol, Personal Communications can drop down to, during the negotiation is TLS1.0.

2. IBM Personal communication 6.0.14 upgraded version of GSKit addresses a security vulnerability called "FREAK: Factoring Attack on RSA-EXPORT keys" TLS/SSL client and server vulnerability. For more information, please refer to the Security Bulletin at:

http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg21699015

3. IBM Personal communications 6.0.15 enables FIPS processing mode by default. Option to control FIPS processing mode has been disabled. This change has been made to protect against security vulnerability in RC4 stream cipher, also commonly referred to as "Bar Mitzvah Attack". For more information, please refer to the Security Bulletin at:

http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg21702170

Related information

Personal Communications Information Center

Document information


More support for:

Personal Communications
General Information

Software version:

6.0

Operating system(s):

Windows

Reference #:

1430531

Modified date:

2015-08-07

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