RSA Security Information for VU#997481

Cryptographic libraries and applications do not adequately defend against timing attacks


Not Affected

Vendor Statement

RSA BSAFE Crypto-C software includes support for blinding. Blinding must be explicitly enabled and used by the developer (please see the product documentation for details).

RSA BSAFE Cert-C software uses RSA BSAFE Crypto-C as its cryptographic library, but RSA BSAFE Cert-C uses the non-blinding version of RSA by default. The blinding option can be enabled in the Cryptographic Service Provider. Please contact RSA Security Support (telephone numbers posted at for more information about making this change.

The next versions of these two RSA BSAFE products will include additional blinding options.

To protect against various timing based attacks on the SSL protocol, RSA BSAFE SSL-C 2.3.1 software includes protection, such as the use of blinding of RSA operations, enabled by default. A developer can disable blinding if the use of the RSA BSAFE SSL-C software will not expose the application to such a timing attack (please refer to the product documentation for details).

RSA Security is addressing blinding across the products in the RSA BSAFE line. We will provide status updates for RSA BSAFE customers via SecurCare Notes to customers who register to receive product announcements at RSA SecurCare Online (

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