Apple, the California-based multinational technology behemoth, announced a CryptoKit for its version of iOS 13, that is still in its Beta phase, to perform cryptographic operations. According to official documentation, the latest update’s fundamental use case is to make the app more secure by automatically handling tasks and freeing it from managing raw pointers.
The document detailed,
“Use public-key cryptography to create and evaluate digital signatures, and to perform key exchange. In addition to working with keys stored in memory, you can also use private keys stored in and managed by the Secure Enclave. Generate symmetric keys, and use them in operations like message authentication and encryption.”
CryptoKit leverages hashing SHA-2 hash functions that include, SHA512, SHA256, SHA384. The release further said,
“MACs rely on hashing, but incorporate a secret cryptographic key into the digest computation. Only a user that has the key can generate a valid MAC.”
According to the framework published, Apple’s CryptoKit also uses elliptic curve-based protocol, which is an approach to public-key cryptography that privacy coins like Monero are based on.
This development coincided with reports of both Apple and Microsoft incorporating Bitcoin’s symbol on their icon set. Brandon L, Co-founder of OpenNode, posted,
These developments could be cited as significant moves towards the wider adoption of blockchain tech for the purpose of providing a secure channel, at a time when privacy is highly challenged by malicious entities.
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