RCAS Authentication

AFMD-93-70R: Published: May 4, 1993. Publicly Released: May 4, 1993.

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Pursuant to an Army request, GAO reviewed the electronic authentication system used in the Army's Reserve Component Automation System (RCAS). GAO noted that: (1) the electronic signatures generated by the authentication system do not provide the same quality of evidence as handwritten signatures; (2) the system's cryptographic algorithms and techniques have not received required approval from the National Institute of Standards and Technology or the National Security Agency; (3) RCAS, as designed, is too dependent on the secrecy of its algorithms and is too susceptible to unauthorized disclosure; and (4) the RCAS contractor needs to adopt and properly implement government approved standards and techniques to overcome the system's shortcomings.

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