Cryptography and SSL/TLS Toolkit



fips_config - OpenSSL FIPS configuration


A separate configuration file, using the OpenSSL config(5) syntax, is used to hold information about the FIPS module. This includes a digest of the shared library file, and status about the self-testing. This data is used automatically by the module itself for two purposes:

- Run the startup FIPS self-test known answer tests (KATS).

This is done once, at installation time.

- Verify the module's checksum.

This is done each time the module is used.

This file is generated by the openssl-fipsinstall(1) program, and used internally by the FIPS module during its initialization.

The following options are supported. They should all appear in a section whose name is identified by the fips option in the providers section, as described in "Provider Configuration Module" in config(5).


The calculated MAC of the FIPS provider file.


A version number for the fips install process. Should be 1.


An indicator that the self-tests were run. This should only be written after the module has successfully passed its self tests during installation. If this field is not present, then the self tests will run when the module loads.


A MAC of the value of the install-status option, to prevent accidental changes to that value. It is written-to at the same time as install-status is updated.

For example:

 install-version = 1
 module-mac = 41:D0:FA:C2:5D:41:75:CD:7D:C3:90:55:6F:A4:DC
 install-mac = FE:10:13:5A:D3:B4:C7:82:1B:1E:17:4C:AC:84:0C
 install-status = INSTALL_SELF_TEST_KATS_RUN



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