Researchers steal secret RSA encryption keys in Amazon’s cloud
Yehuda Lindell, chief scientist and co-founder of security firm Dyadic – which has a product for protecting secret cryptography keys – says the vulnerability is extraordinarily sophisticated – on the verge of being “magic.” He says but it proves the shortcomings, from a security perspective, of shared environments such as the cloud.
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“Although a difficult attack to carry out, this further highlights the fact that secret keys are vulnerable, wherever they may be. They are even more vulnerable in cloud and virtualized environments where you have less direct control. This specific attack may be prevented by appropriate patching, as its 2009 predecessor was. However, the type of attack is almost impossible to completely prevent,” Lindell says.
Then of course there are a variety of security products on the market as well targeting this issue. Dyadic, where Lindell is chief scientist, has developed a way to spread encrypted keys out across multiple hosts, so that essentially no one single VM has all of the keys.