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Use of Hard-coded Cryptographic Key


Severity High
Score 7.5/10

Summary is a high-performance open-source pub-sub distributed communication technology, built for the cloud, on-premise, IoT, and edge computing. The cryptographic key handling library, nkeys, recently gained support for encryption, not just for signing/authentication. This is used in the nats-server for authentication callouts. In nkeys versions 0.4.0 through 0.4.5, corresponding with NATS server versions 2.10.0 through 2.10.3, the nkeys library's `xkeys` encryption handling logic mistakenly passed an array by value into an internal function, where the function mutated that buffer to populate the encryption key to use. As a result, all encryption was actually to an all-zeros key. This affects encryption only, not signing. "FIXME: FILL IN IMPACT ON NATS-SERVER AUTH CALLOUT SECURITY". No known workarounds are available. For any application handling auth callouts in Go, if using the nkeys library, update the dependency, recompile, and deploy that in lockstep.

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CWE-321 - Use of Hard-coded Cryptographic Key

The use of a hard-coded cryptographic key significantly increases the possibility that encrypted data may be recovered.

Advisory Timeline

  • Published