Samsung will sell its second-gen Secure Element S3FV9RR security chip to other OEMs
The Samsung Galaxy S20 series is Samsung’s current-generation flagship series, bringing over a lot of firsts for the company. But in addition to all the flashy numbers on the spec sheet, the phones also featured the S3K250AF Secure Element module, a security chip and accompanying software solution meant to harden the security on the smartphone. Today, Samsung has announced the second-generation of its Secure Element module in the form of the S3FV9RR security chip and solutions.
The Samsung Secure Element (SE) S3FV9RR chip is part of a standalone turnkey security solution, complemented with “enhanced security software” that completes the package. This security module focuses on providing protection and security for tasks such as booting, isolated storage, mobile payment, and other applications. This security chip is Common Criteria Evaluation Assurance Level (CC EAL) 6+ certified, which is the highest level acquired by a mobile component. CC EAL 6+ is utilized in applications that demand the most stringent security requirements in the market, and Samsung cites examples of flagship smartphones, e-passports, and hardware wallets for cryptocurrency as use-cases. For reference, the predecessor’s CC EAL 5+certification meant that it has been semi-formally designed and tested to secure your private data.
The Samsung Secure Element S3FV9RR chip supports hardware-based root of trust (RoT), secure boot, and device authentication. As a bootloader initiates, a chain of trust is activated through which each and every firmware with approved keys is sequentially validated. This secure booting process is handled by the RoT, which gives service providers, manufacturers, and interested organizations the confidence that their proprietary applications are run only on an uncompromised device or on non-authorized firmware.
As this security module is an independent solution, it can work independently from the security performance of the device’s main processor. This versatility expands the security capabilities of mobile devices, IoT applications, and other devices at all performance levels. Samsung also notes that “the solution also meets the hardware security module requirements for cryptographic operations outlined by an upcoming mobile operating system version”.
Samsung’s new security solution, S3FV9RR, is expected to be available within the third quarter of this year.
Source: Samsung Newsroom