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Critical security parameters (CSPs) are

security-related information (e.g., cryptographic keys, authentication data such as passwords and PINs) appearing in plaintext or otherwise unprotected form and whose disclosure or modification can compromise the security of a cryptographic module or the security of the information protected by the module.[1]

References Edit

  1. NIST, FIPS 140-1, at 13.

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