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Category:   Application (Security)  >   netHSM Vendors:   nCipher
nCipher netHSM Discloses Passphrases to Local and Remote Users
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1010558
SecurityTracker URL:  http://securitytracker.com/id/1010558
CVE Reference:   GENERIC-MAP-NOMATCH   (Links to External Site)
Date:  Jun 22 2004
Impact:   Disclosure of authentication information
Fix Available:  Yes  Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  
Version(s): 2.1 and prior versions
Description:   A vulnerability was reported in nCipher's netHSM. A physically local user can view passphrases in the log file. A remote user may be able to view passphrases.

nCipher reported that passphrases entered via the netHSM front panel's built-in thumbwheel or attached keyboard are recorded in the netHSM system log when debugging is enabled. Debugging was enabled in the netHSM front-panel software, the report said.

A remote user can view the log file (and the passphrases) via the front panel. In some cases, the log may be sent to a remote system, the vendor indicated. As a result, a remote user may be able to view the passphrases.

Impact:   A user with access to the front panel can view passphrases.

In some cases, a remote user can view passphrases.

Solution:   The vendor has released a fix, described at:

http://www.ncipher.com/support/advisories/advisory10.htm

Vendor URL:  www.ncipher.com/support/advisories/advisory10.htm (Links to External Site)
Cause:   Access control error

Message History:   None.


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