[Cryptech Tech] LURK as interface to HSM
leifj at sunet.se
Sat Mar 19 19:24:18 UTC 2016
On 2016-03-19 20:07, Randy Bush wrote:
> Date: Sat, 19 Mar 2016 13:53:56 -0400
> Subject: LURK as interface to HSM
> From: Phillip Hallam-Baker <phill at hallambaker.com>
> To: Randy Bush <randy at psg.com>
> This is my proposal for LURK
I guess its conceptually not too far from the p11 proxy we're using over
here @ sunet: https://github.com/leifj/pyeleven as a way to
isolate the circus that is pkcs11 from applications.
> The reason I think it is relevant to your HSM work is that it is
> essentially a standardized remote API for a HSM.
> I will be putting the code up on github 'soon'.
> Stephen Farrell's LURK vision seems to be that the TLS server is
> talking to some service in the cloud. I suspect that is the wrong
> model and what is really wanted here is a deployment model where I can
> buy a HSM box of my choice, configure it to bind it to my trust nexus
> and then ship it off to the Content Delivery Network to sit in the
> same data center as my server.
> Which is a proposal I have wanted for a long time but wasn't feasible
> without a suitable HSM device. This is a model that could establish
> the demand necessary for production.
> Alternatively, I want to be using a similar model for code signing.
> Selling a HSM to keep the code signing keys safe is essentially the
> 'do you want fries with that' upsell for code signing certificates.
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