The Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2 is a federal standard defined by the National Institute of Standards and Technology. It specifies the security requirements that must be satisfied by a cryptographic module. The FIPS Kong Gateway package is FIPS 140-2 compliant. Compliance means that the software has met all of the rules of FIPS 140-2, but has not been submitted to a NIST testing lab for validation.
Kong Enterprise provides a FIPS 140-2 compliant package for Ubuntu 20.04
, Ubuntu 22.04, and Red Hat Enterprise 8
. This package provides compliance for the core Kong Gateway product
and all out of the box plugins
The package replaces the primary library in Kong Gateway, OpenSSL, with BoringSSL, which at its core uses the FIPS 140-2 validated BoringCrypto for cryptographic operations.
Installing the Kong Gateway FIPS compliant package
To start in FIPS mode, set the following variable to
on in the
kong.conf configuration file before starting Kong Gateway.
fips = on # fips mode is enabled, causing incompatible ciphers to be disabled
You can also use an environment variable:
Migrating from non-FIPS to FIPS mode and backwards is not supported.