[erlang-questions] Cryptographic hardware

Drew Varner <>
Tue Feb 25 23:35:22 CET 2014


Martin,

It sounds like you are trying to use a hardware security module with Erlang. I’ve looked at this also. I believe there are two common paths, and they both involve interfacing with external libraries. The first is to connect to the device via PKCS#11, which seems to be the most common. Some HSM vendors support access via OpenSSL’s engine interface.

Let me know if you develop something along these lines that is open source.

Cheers,
Drew

On Feb 25, 2014, at 5:18 PM, Ingela Andin <> wrote:

> Hi!
> 
> Both keys and certificates can be inputed as binaries (DER encoded blobs). 
> 
> Regards Ingela Erlang/OTP team - Ericsson AB 
> 
> 
> 2014-02-25 9:43 GMT+01:00 Henzl, Martin <>:
> Hello,
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> 
> is there any chance that Erlang will support specialized hardware for cryptographic operations and key storage, such as smart cards or security tokens? Currently the private key for SSL must be stored on disk, which is not very secure.
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>  
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> Regards,
> 
> Martin
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