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Maximum Security for e-Government Smart Cards; World’s First Formal EAL6+ Certification for Secure Microcontrollers


Secure personal identification and cross-border checking have become a major security challenge for governments and states. Secure Microcontroller is one of the technology pillar enabling biometric personal ID documents and protecting against identity fraud and counterfeiting.

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STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a leading supplier of high-security smart card ICs for government applications, demonstrated maximum protection for secure documents, such as ID cards and biometric passports. ST announced details of its formal EAL6+ Common criteria certification (ref 2010/01 and 2010/02) – the highest security standard applicable – for its ST23YR80 secure dual microcontroller, including its optional crypto libraries.ST’s IC is the world’s first secure microcontroller to achieve EAL6+ according to the Common Criteria 3.1 methodology. Other processors have been accredited at lower levels or using less stringent methodologies. ST applied formal methods, which guarantee all states and transitions are known, from the beginning of the processor’s design, resulting in formally proven high security with optimal ease of use and efficiency.

In application use, this EAL6+ certified device is capable of completing a secure passport transaction in less than 3 seconds, which is the fastest competitive solution certified to EAL5+.


Practical benefits will include high productivity and security at border controls and short wait times for travelers. All e-passport norms are supported, including Basic Access Control (BAC) and Extended Access Control (EAC) using the highest crypto-key length. In addition, the ST23YR80 obtained a Certificate of conformity to ISO/IEC 14443 standard from SOLIATIS LAB: Reference SL.E.CER.0912.001.

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