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Re: [Full-Disclosure] Clear text password exposure in Datakey's tokens and smartcards
From: "Kevin Sheldrake" <kev () electriccat co uk>
Date: Fri, 06 Aug 2004 12:31:11 +0100

Not unless the card is stolen and the owner either doesn't notice immediately or doesn't report it immediately. How many people will turn up at work (for instance) claiming to have 'forgotton' their card rather than report it lost, on the off chance they have actually misplaced it? If the keys give access to money, reputation, authority or the like then perhaps the size of the exposure window is important?

Kev


Perhaps I'm missing something here. As far as I can tell, no keys located on the card were compromised, only the PIN was. Since this is a two factor authentication system, possession of the PIN is of little value without possession of the token itself.

Am I missing the point here?

regards,

-lee




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Kevin Sheldrake MEng MIEE CEng CISSP
Electric Cat (Bournemouth) Ltd


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