12th Generation Intel® Core™ Processors

Datasheet, Volume 1 of 2

ID 655258
Date 06/15/2023
Document Table of Contents

KeyLocker Technology

A method to make long-term keys short-lived without exposing them. This protects against vulnerabilities when keys can be exploited and used to attack encrypted data such as disk drives.

An instruction (LOADIWKEY) allows the OS to load a random wrapping value (IWKey). The IWKey can be backed up and restored by the OS to/from the PCH in a secure manner.

The Software can wrap it own key via the ENCODEKEY instruction and receive a handle. The handle is used with the AES*KL instructions to handle encrypt and decrypt operations. Once a handle is obtained, the software can delete the original key from memory.