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[liberationtech] Android KeyStore Vulnerability: which tools are affected?

Nathan of Guardian nathan at
Tue Jul 19 05:55:33 PDT 2016

None of the Guardian Project apps or libraries rely on KeyStore. We use
our own CacheWord library for key management.

On Tue, Jul 19, 2016, at 07:29 AM, carlo von lynX wrote:
> Which of the popular libtech tools are affected by this paper?
> ///++---- 8< ----
> Breaking Into the KeyStore: A Practical Forgery Attack Against Android
> KeyStore
> Mohamed Sabt and Jacques Traoré
> Abstract: We analyze the security of Android KeyStore, a system service
> whose purpose is to shield users credentials and cryptographic keys. The
> KeyStore protects the integrity and the confidentiality of keys by using
> a particular encryption scheme. Our main results are twofold. First, we
> formally prove that the used encryption scheme does not provide
> integrity, which means that an attacker is able to undetectably modify
> the stored keys. Second, we exploit this flaw to define a forgery attack
> breaching the security guaranteed by the KeyStore. In particular, our
> attack allows a malicious application to make mobile apps to unwittingly
> perform secure protocols using weak keys. The threat is concrete: the
> attacker goes undetected while compromising the security of users. Our
> findings highlight an important fact: intuition often goes wrong when
> security is concerned. Unfortunately, system designers still tend to
> choose cryptographic schemes not for their proved security but for their
> apparent simplicity. We show, once again, that this is not a good choice,
> since it usually results in severe consequences for the whole underlying
> system.
> Category / Keywords: secret-key cryptography / Android KeyStore,
> authenticated encryption, integrity
> Original Publication (with minor differences): ESORICS 2016
> Date: received 5 Jul 2016
> Contact author: sabt mohamed at gmail com
> Available format(s): PDF | BibTeX Citation
> Version: 20160706:055348 (All versions of this report)
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