nCipher HSM information disclosure

ncipher-hsm-obtain-info (15281) The risk level is classified as MediumMedium Risk


nCipher Hardware Security Modules (HSM) could allow a local attacker to obtain sensitive information. By issuing specially-crafted commands to the vulnerable module, a local attacker could obtain infrastructure and application keys from the module's run-time memory.

Note: If the GeneralSEE feature set is enabled, 2nd-generation nCipher HSM firmware versions 2.0.0 and later and 3rd generation nCipher HSM firmware versions 2.12.0 and later are affected by this vulnerability.


Obtain Information


Upgrade to the latest firmware version, as listed in nCipher Advisory #9. See References.


  • nCipher Security Advisory No. 9: Host-side attackers can access secret data.
  • BID-9717: nCipher Hardware Security Module Firmware Secrets Disclosure Vulnerability
  • CVE-2004-0320: Unknown vulnerability in nCipher Hardware Security Modules (HSM) 1.67.x through 1.99.x allows local users to access secrets stored in the module's run-time memory via certain sequences of commands.
  • OSVDB ID: 4055: nCipher nShield HSM Information Disclosure

Platforms Affected:

  • nCipher nCipher HSM 1.67.x - 1.99.x
  • nCipher nCipher HSM 2.0.0
  • nCipher nCipher HSM 2.12.0


Feb 23, 2004

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