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Old Nov 25, 2012, 07:16 PM   #1
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Hardware Accelerated Encryption

Does the new Mac mini with 2.6 i7 supported hardware accelerated encryption for Apps like TrueCrypt?
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Old Nov 26, 2012, 02:59 AM   #2
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well according to the Crypto community the new intel Ivy Bridge series of processors (= Mac mini 2012 all CPU's) includes not only hardware AES crypto acceleration but also an improved hardware random number generator.

quote from intel:
AES New Instructions
Advanced Encryption Standard New Instructions (AES-NI) are a set of instructions that enable fast and secure data encryption and decryption. AES-NI are valuable for a wide range of cryptographic applications, for example: applications that perform bulk encryption/decryption, anthentication, random number generation, and authenticated encryption.


but as is usual in the Crypto community not everyone is happy!
PGP whole disk encryption not working in August/September Ivy Bridge
http://www.symantec.com/connect/blog...vy-bridge-cpus

Error
When this issue is present, typically post authentication will load to a gray screen with a symbol representing unable to boot (A drive overlapped by a red circle with a cross through it), though we have also seen it load to a black screen and stop.

Environment
This is known to affect Apple products with Ivy Bridge processors. Please note that any new Apple computer may come with an Ivy Bridge processor. It does not need to be the latest Macbook pro with Retina Display.

Solution
This issue is resolved by using PGP Desktop 10.2.1MP3 (build 4940). Please use that version or newer for Mac OS X Ivy Bridge clients.


So the answer is YES, but test it first on new hardware
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Old Nov 26, 2012, 11:21 AM   #3
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This is good news. Thanks for the info.
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