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Vulnerability Details : CVE-2008-2235

OpenSC before 0.11.5 uses weak permissions (ADMIN file control information of 00) for the 5015 directory on smart cards and USB crypto tokens running Siemens CardOS M4, which allows physically proximate attackers to change the PIN.
Publish Date : 2008-08-01 Last Update Date : 2017-08-07
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- CVSS Scores & Vulnerability Types

CVSS Score
Confidentiality Impact None (There is no impact to the confidentiality of the system.)
Integrity Impact Complete (There is a total compromise of system integrity. There is a complete loss of system protection, resulting in the entire system being compromised.)
Availability Impact None (There is no impact to the availability of the system.)
Access Complexity Low (Specialized access conditions or extenuating circumstances do not exist. Very little knowledge or skill is required to exploit. )
Authentication Not required (Authentication is not required to exploit the vulnerability.)
Gained Access None
Vulnerability Type(s)
CWE ID 310

- Vendor Statements

Siemens has analyzed this report and states that no security breach can be found in the Siemens CardOS M4 itself and it thus does not relate to any Siemens component. The reported vulnerability (caused by inappropriate personalization) is due to an issue in the OPENSC middleware detailed information can be found under Therefore, Siemens recommends all customers and partners using OPENSC to use either the current version 0.11.5 of OPENSC in which this vulnerability is fixed or to use the bug fix suggested under We hope that we could help you with this recommendation. If you have further questions, please contact the Siemens CardOS hotline under: [email protected] Phone: +49 89 636 35996 (Mo.-Fr. 9:00-17:00 German time)
Source: Siemens

- Related OVAL Definitions

Title Definition Id Class Family
CVE-2008-2235 unix
DSA-1627 opensc -- programming error oval:org.mitre.oval:def:7486 unix
DSA-1627-2 opensc - smart card vulnerability oval:org.mitre.oval:def:18393 unix
OVAL (Open Vulnerability and Assessment Language) definitions define exactly what should be done to verify a vulnerability or a missing patch. Check out the OVAL definitions if you want to learn what you should do to verify a vulnerability.

- Products Affected By CVE-2008-2235

# Product Type Vendor Product Version Update Edition Language
1 Application Opensc-project Opensc 0.3.2 Version Details Vulnerabilities
2 Application Opensc-project Opensc 0.3.5 Version Details Vulnerabilities
3 Application Opensc-project Opensc 0.4.0 Version Details Vulnerabilities
4 Application Opensc-project Opensc 0.6.0 Version Details Vulnerabilities
5 Application Opensc-project Opensc 0.6.1 Version Details Vulnerabilities
6 Application Opensc-project Opensc 0.7.0 Version Details Vulnerabilities
7 Application Opensc-project Opensc 0.8 Version Details Vulnerabilities
8 Application Opensc-project Opensc Version Details Vulnerabilities
9 Application Opensc-project Opensc 0.8.1 Version Details Vulnerabilities
10 Application Opensc-project Opensc 0.9 Version Details Vulnerabilities
11 Application Opensc-project Opensc 0.9.6 Version Details Vulnerabilities
12 Application Opensc-project Opensc 0.9.7 Version Details Vulnerabilities
13 Application Opensc-project Opensc 0.9.7 B Version Details Vulnerabilities
14 Application Opensc-project Opensc 0.9.7 D Version Details Vulnerabilities
15 Application Opensc-project Opensc 0.9.8 Version Details Vulnerabilities
16 Application Opensc-project Opensc 0.11.0 Version Details Vulnerabilities
17 Application Opensc-project Opensc 0.11.1 Version Details Vulnerabilities
18 Application Opensc-project Opensc 0.11.2 Version Details Vulnerabilities
19 Application Opensc-project Opensc 0.11.3 Version Details Vulnerabilities
20 Application Opensc-project Opensc 0.11.3 Pre3 Version Details Vulnerabilities
21 Application Opensc-project Opensc 0.11.4 Version Details Vulnerabilities

- Number Of Affected Versions By Product

Vendor Product Vulnerable Versions
Opensc-project Opensc 21

- References For CVE-2008-2235
MLIST [opensc-announce] 20080731 OpenSC Security Vulnerability and new Versions of OpenSC, OpenCT, LibP11, Pam_P11, Engine_PKCS11
XF opensc-smartcard-cryptotoken-weak-security(44140)
BID 30473 OpenSC CardOS M4 Smart Cards Insecure Permissions Vulnerability Release Date:2009-03-19 CONFIRM
GENTOO GLSA-200812-09
SUSE SUSE-SR:2009:004
SUSE SUSE-SR:2008:019

- Vulnerability Conditions

Vulnerability is valid if product versions listed below are used TOGETHER WITH(AND)

- Metasploit Modules Related To CVE-2008-2235

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