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I need some hardware device (not as big as a Thales or Atalla HSM), something like a smart card (with USB preferably) to encrypt and decrypt small texts (around 64 bytes). I didn't find much in a google search, only one called YubiHSM ($500) which performs AES encryption / decryption, any other devices (hopefully cheaper)?

PKCS#11 is desired, but I'd like to see different options. Also, I need the device to generate and store a few keys (right now I just need to generate and store one master key). The application that would interact with this device runs on Linux.

  • please clarify more clearly what you expect this smart card / HSM to do (AES? 3DES? RSA? ECDH?). Please also clarify the required APIs (PKCS#11? Java API? Microsoft CSP?). – SEJPM Jan 26 '17 at 17:11
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I think what you're looking for is:

The Feitian ePass2003

(or some other token from their ePass line)

  • It costs less than a YubiHSM - Feitian sells them at 70USD for five pieces + customs, taxes and shipping
  • It supports RSA, AES and 3DES with card-stored keys
  • It supports the Windows CSP and has a PKCS#11 library
  • It claims support for Linux, Windows and OS X
  • It's a USB form-factor, about as large as your average USB-stick
  • As a bonus it has a FIPS 140-2 Lvl 3 certification and is the only token that you can freely purchase with this level of assurance
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  • You beat me to this one. BTW.....665 rep.....one off lol – NZKshatriya Jan 26 '17 at 20:42
  • @NZKshatriya an accepted edit and a down-vote away... – SEJPM Jan 26 '17 at 20:42
  • @SEJPM Should I down-vote? – Maarten Bodewes Jan 26 '17 at 20:56
  • @MaartenBodewes yes, please. – SEJPM Jan 26 '17 at 21:08
  • Not enough rep. Dang ;) – Maarten Bodewes Jan 26 '17 at 22:08

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