Vulnerabilities of Self-Encrypted SSDs

Researchers found vulnerabilities of self-encrypted SSDs. From the abstract: "Self-encrypting drives (SEDs), such as Intel's SSD 320 and 520 series, are widely believed to be a fast and secure alternative to software-based solutions like TrueCrypt and BitLocker. [...] In this sense, hardware-based full disk encryption (FDE) is as insecure as software-based FDE. We also show that (2) there exists a new class of attacks that is specific to hardware-based FDE [Full Disk Encryption]. Roughly speaking, the idea of these attacks is to move an SED from one machine to another without cutting power, i.e., by replugging the data cable only. [...] Some machines are arguably more vulnerable when using SEDs." Watch the videos...

14.1.2013

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