Question about implementing a test for BCryptGetFipsAlgorithmMode

Kai Blaschke kai.blaschke at
Tue Sep 23 16:47:30 CDT 2014

> Kai, out of curiosity, is there an app that depends on being able to
> enable FIPS mode?
> --Juan

The only real-life implementation I know about using the flag and 
actually implementing FIPS is the MS .NET framework. Any application 
making use of functionality in the System.Security.Cryptography 
namespace will be limited to algorithms allowed in FIPS if the setting 
is enabled. You can try this by enabling FIPS on Windows and playing 
Terraria, for example. In this case, the application depends on FIPS 
mode being disabled.


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