Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 197, AdvancedEncryption Standard (AES) (affixed).
The algorithm specified in this standard may be implemented insoftware, firmware, hardware, or any combination thereof. The specific implementation maydepend on several factors such as the application, the environment, the technology used, etc. Thealgorithm shall be used in conjunction with a FIPS approved or NIST recommended mode of operation. Object Identifiers (OIDs) and any associated parameters for AES used in these modesare available at the Computer Security Objects Register (CSOR), located athttp://csrc.nist.gov/csor/ .Implementations of the algorithm that are tested by an accredited laboratory and validated will beconsidered as complying with this standard. Since cryptographic security depends on manyfactors besides the correct implementation of an encryption algorithm, Federal Governmentemployees, and others, should also refer to NIST Special Publication 800-21,
Guideline for Implementing Cryptography in the Federal Government
, for additional information and guidance(NIST SP 800-21 is available athttp://csrc.nist.gov/publications/ ).
9. Implementation Schedule.
This standard becomes effective on May 26, 2002.
Implementations of the algorithm specified in this standard may be covered byU.S. and foreign patents.
11. Export Control.
Certain cryptographic devices and technical data regarding them aresubject to Federal export controls. Exports of cryptographic modules implementing this standardand technical data regarding them must comply with these Federal regulations and be licensed bythe Bureau of Export Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce. Applicable Federalgovernment export controls are specified in Title 15, Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part740.17; Title 15, CFR Part 742; and Title 15, CFR Part 774, Category 5, Part 2.
NIST will continue to follow developments in the analysis of the AESalgorithm. As with its other cryptographic algorithm standards, NIST will formally reevaluatethis standard every five years.Both this standard and possible threats reducing the security provided through the use of thisstandard will undergo review by NIST as appropriate, taking into account newly availableanalysis and technology. In addition, the awareness of any breakthrough in technology or anymathematical weakness of the algorithm will cause NIST to reevaluate this standard and providenecessary revisions.
13. Waiver Procedure.
Under certain exceptional circumstances, the heads of Federalagencies, or their delegates, may approve waivers to Federal Information Processing Standards(FIPS). The heads of such agencies may redelegate such authority only to a senior officialdesignated pursuant to Section 3506(b) of Title 44, U.S. Code. Waivers shall be granted onlywhen compliance with this standard woulda.
adversely affect the accomplishment of the mission of an operator of Federal computersystem orb.
cause a major adverse financial impact on the operator that is not offset by government-wide savings.