Time Logic, device web server and security specialist, now supports
TLS 1.2 with its improved security and encryption in the latest version
a compact, fast cryptographic engine that delivers high-performance
security. With this release, SharkSSL Version 2.5 extends its secure
connectivity for resource-constrained, small-footprint processors to
low-cost, high-volume ASIC-powered M2M devices commonly used in
large-scale networks for municipal utility monitoring, medical record
transmission, secure building access and monitoring, and smart grid
frameworks where secure message passing is essential.
Although TLS has become the defacto standard for information and
communication standards at the desktop and enterprise level, in a
February 11, 2013 press release, ABIresearch noted the "porous security"
of M2M applications threatens to "throttle the successful adoption of
M2M in healthcare, industrial installations, and consumer homes."
SharkSSL addresses this gap, bringing full end-to-end security to device
communications with proprietary software that enables developers to
optimize their security implementation for size or speed. As suppliers
gear up to address the new high-volume opportunities in the M2M market,
Real Time Logic's encryption libraries are highly optimized to address
the Gbps challenge inherent in the most demanding ASIC-driven
applications. SharkSSL delivers very high bandwidth, while offering both
client and server side support for security certificates, certificate
chains, and certificate authority validation.
TLS stack maximizes hardware capabilities
In integrating TLS 1.2 into SharkSSL, Real Time Logic implements the
stronger cryptographic algorithm, improved encryption, and superior
message authentication proven to secure TCP/IP communications at the
enterprise level into the small, resource-constrained footprint of an
embedded device. SharkSSL implements the new Secure Hash Algorithm-256
(SHA-256), which replaces outdated hash functions and can be used to
verify the integrity of copies of the original data without compromising
The latest version of SharkSSL also supports the internationally adopted
Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) and Galois/Counter Mode
(GCM)-technologies tat combine message encryption and authentication
into a single function that can be transferred at high throughput rates
by taking advantage of the parallel processing of the architecture.
Fine-tuned to take advantage of hardware functionality, SharkSSL
offloads encryption libraries to crypto units on high-bandwidth
platforms commonly found in ASICs or processors such as Freescale's
ColdFire or Kinetis K60.
"With projections indicating that the M2M market will be worth $198
million by the end of 2018, high-volume ASIC devices will underlie much
of the infrastructure that we depend on," noted Wilfred Nilsen, CEO,
Real Time Logic. "With the increasing threat of cyberattack, it is
critical that we secure this infrastructure at the device level in order
to ensure that all possible avenues for exploitation have been secured.
By SharkSSL delivering not only this level of security, but also the
high throughput now demanded by the most advanced applications, it
addresses many of the critical pain points OEMs struggle to meet today."
The new SharkSSL, with its assembly-written big integer library, also
delivers record-breaking performance on processors without specialized
crypto units. While keeping code size to a minimum, SharkSSL V2.5 is
capable of performing a private RSA operation in 100 ms on a Cortex-M3
running at 100 MHz, a speed 60 percent faster than competitors'.
SharkSSL includes a specifically designed and optimized, C code SMTP
library. The SMTP library makes it possible to send email messages
via email servers that require encrypted communication. The library
supports STARTTLS and SMTPS, ensuring compatibility with online services
such as Google Mail and Hotmail. For companies where a TLS/SSL stack is
not required, Real Time Logic offers a stripped down version of SharkSSL
called RayCrypto. RayCrypto includes cryptographic libraries supporting
authentication and encryption algorithms.
Broad processor and OS support
Optimized to take advantage of encryption acceleration, SharkSSL
achieves unmatched throughput on ColdFire,
Kinetis K60, and all the Cortex-M3
and -M4 processors. Available as source code, SharkSSL code can be
implemented on any processor off the shelf. The SharkSSL library has
been successfully deployed on ARM, Freescale, and PowerPC-based FPGA
architectures. Other processors and accelerators can be accommodated
Out-of-the-box operating system (OS) support includes INTEGRITY™, MQX™,
SMX™, ThreadX™, VxWorks™, EBSnet™, rtplatform, uCLinux™, Linux, and
Windows™. It can also be used in bare-metal (no OS) configurations.
Multi-threading is available for added performance when using an OS that
Royalty-free SSL licensing
SharkSSL V2.5 is available immediately and comes with full source code
and royalty-free licenses starting at $8,000. The SMTP library and
prototype applications included with SharkSSL are free.
About Real Time Logic
Real Time Logic delivers fast, enterprise-level security and web
functionality on compact, low-power devices that meets today's demand
for secure, remote management and control. Highly optimized for embedded
devices, Real Time Logic's Barracuda
Application Server, Barracuda
Web Server, and SharkSSL
enable developers to incorporate the latest design and security into
powerful web-based applications that offer dynamic, rich, user-friendly
interfaces. These extremely compact tools power a broad range of remote
devices in industrial and building control, military, and medical
markets. Founded in 2006, Real Time Logic is headquartered in Monarch
Beach, CA, and has a worldwide distributor network. For more
information, visit www.realtimelogic.com.
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