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SecuStick Gives a False Sense of Security

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Tweakers.net did a nice analysis of the SecuStick “secure USB flash drive”. Apparently the software application that is used to enter your password does the verification with the device. Then the software tells the device to unlock itself and allow decrypted access to your data. The Tweakers were able to almost trivially gain access to any encrypted data without knowing the user’s password.

http://tweakers.net/reviews/683/5/secustick-gives-false-sense-of-security-pagina-5.html

It’s another example of short-sighted engineering. When trying to protect critical data in a hostile world, vendors need to be much more thorough in their design and threat modeling.

As always, stay safe and avoid a false sense of security.

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Written by Alice

October 4, 2008 at 02:53

Posted in SecuStick