Yubikey NEO OpenPGP advisory

Jose Castillo jose.castillo at gmail.com
Tue Apr 21 19:48:14 CEST 2015

I haven’t seen this posted to the list yet, and thought it would be important for people who use the Yubikey NEO's OpenPGP functionality with GnuPG. It regards a vulnerability in the Yubikey NEO implementation of the OpenPGP smart card application: 


Yubikeys running the vulnerable software will generate signatures and decrypt session keys unconditionally, i.e. without verifying the user’s PIN. I reported this vulnerability to Yubico on 4/11, and to their credit it was quickly fixed. Still, if you are using a Yubikey that you obtained prior to the fix being issued, you should be aware that this vulnerability could affect your security. 

This issue also affected the upstream javacardopenpgp project [1], which has been updated with a fix as well. 

[1]: http://sourceforge.net/projects/javacardopenpgp/


Joey Castillo

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