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Press Release: 05.2014 // Nuremberg


The German BSI has issued new Common Criteria EAL4+ certificates for MTCOS Pro on the NXP SmartMX2 - P60 high security controller.
The product certification is registered under the references BSI-DSZ-CC-0892-2014 and BSI-DSZ-CC-0893-2014. The evaluation and certification process is based on the latest protection profile BSI-CC-PP-0056-v2-2012 and BSI-CC-PP-0055-2009 with support of the SAC/PACE and EAC protocols used in the new e-ID, e-Residence Permits and e-Passport applications.
The Supplemental Access Control (SAC) also known under Password Authenticated Connection Establishment (PACE) protocol is an alternative to Basic Access Control (BAC) that offers advanced resistance against skimming and eavesdropping of the travel / ID document. SAC/PACE provides strong session keys independent of the input strings (e.g. MRZ or Card Access Number). The new protocol must be supported by travel documents issued from countries within the Schengen area from end of 2014. SAC/PACE will first amend the BAC protocol for backwards compatibility reasons and replace it later. The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) recommends the use of SAC/PACE for all their member states from the end of 2014.

The chip hardware used in this new product certification is the P60D080, a high security controller available with crypto co-processor and 80KB user memory. Built on NXP unique IntegralSecurity(TM) architecture, SmartMX2 products not only implement over 100 interlinked features for attack protection but also have achieved Common Criteria Evaluation Assurance Level (CC EAL) 6+ certification, the highest security level available, for one of the world most trusted and robust security profiles.
The solution provides outstanding transaction performance and RF robustness with complete ICAO interoperability making it the perfect choice for any electronic passport implementation worldwide.
New features supported by MTCOS V2.2 are AES cryptography, SAC/PACE, a wide range of eID and Government applications included in the OS, and up to factor three better performance compared to our previous versions.
Common Criteria is a strict standard to validate a product's security, design process, development environment, functionality, security handling, testing and documentation. MTCOS Pro has been developed, evaluated and certified in Germany. The country is one of the few members that certify cryptographic smart cards under the SOGIS agreements. SOGIS defines the recognition of products that exceed the maximum accepted security level (EAL4) of Common Criteria.
MaskTech's MTCOS V2.1 & V2.2 eID system on chip has Common Criteria certificates now on 6 different semiconductor platforms.