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How to find whether your Mac's processor supports AES ( Advanced Encryption Standard) specification or not ?

To find out whether the processor on the  Mac is capable of supporting AES ( Advanced Encryption Standard specifications ) or not ,  we can run the following command to know the status 

$ sysctl -a | grep aes

The output might be :
hw.optional.aes: 0

OR 

hw.optional.aes:1

If  "hw.optional.aes:" value is 0 then the processor does not support AES . If value is 1 then processor supports AES.


You also can check the features supported by the processor on the intel site at : http://ark.intel.com/  by supplying the processor model number. Processor model number can be found by running following command.


$ sysctl -a | grep machdep.cpu.brand_string
output : 
machdep.cpu.brand_string: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU     P8800  @ 2.66GHz
 

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