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Category:   Application (Security)  >   nCipher Hardware Security Module Vendors:   nCipher
nCipher Hardware Security Module (HSM) Firmware May Disclose Keys to Users
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1009176
SecurityTracker URL:
CVE Reference:   CVE-2004-0320   (Links to External Site)
Updated:  Mar 23 2004
Original Entry Date:  Feb 23 2004
Impact:   Disclosure of authentication information, Disclosure of system information, Disclosure of user information
Fix Available:  Yes  Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  
Version(s): For affected versions, contact the vendor.
Description:   A vulnerability was reported in nCipher's Hardware Security Module (HSM) firmware. A user may be able to access secret data stored in the module, including encryption keys.

nCipher released a security advisory warning that certain HSM firmware versions contain an implementation error. A user can send specially crafted sequences of commands to the system to gain access to secret information stored in the module's run-time memory, including application keys and nCipher Security World infrastructure keys.

On a host-connected HSM in a typical configuration, any local user can exploit this flaw.

Impact:   A local user (or process) that can issue HSM commands may be able to obtain secret information from the module, including keys.
Solution:   The vendor has issued updated firmware, available from nCipher Support:

USA or Canada: +1 781 994 4008
All other countries: +44 1223 723666

For the vendor's security advisory, see:

Vendor URL: (Links to External Site)
Cause:   Access control error

Message History:   None.

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