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Date: Mon, 24 Sep 2012 11:57:10 +0200
From: Stefan Kanthak <>
To: <>
CC: <>
Subject: [Full-disclosure] "Dell Data Protection | Access" for Windows
	contains and installs outdated,
	superfluous and vulnerable system components and 3rd party

Hi @ll

the current version of Dell's Data Protection | Access (DDPA) software for
Windows (Build 2.2.00003.008 from 2012-06-14, released August 2012) contains
and installs several outdated, superfluous and vulnerable Windows system
components as well as outdated and vulnerable 3rd party components and drivers.


>>From the readme.txt:

| Dell Data Protection | Access (DDP|A) is an integrated end point security
| management suite, providing for seamless data security and authentication.
| It allows you to authenticate using a fingerprint, smartcard, contactless
| smartcard or password. Pre-Windows can be configured to unlock self-encrypting
| drives upon authentication.

The outdated, superfluous and vulnerable components (incomplete):

#1. "Microsoft MSXML Parser.msi"    version 6.0 from 2005-09-09

     All versions of Windows supported by DDP|A include a newer version
     of MSXML 6.0, the latest update/security fix cf.

#2. "Microsoft Root Certificate Update October 2010\rootsupd.exe"

    The current Microsoft root certificate update is from April 2012,
    cf. <>

#3. "Microsoft Visual Studio Runtimes\vcredist_x86.exe"
                                     version 9.0.30729.17 from 2008-08-08

    For the current Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable Package
    cf. <>

#4. "Microsoft CCID Smartcard Reader for XP\usbccid.sys"
                                     version 5.2.3790.2444 from 2005-05-17

    The installer package for DDP|A but includes the hotfix
    "WindowsXP-KB967048-v2-x86-ENU.exe" with the current version of
    this driver: 5.2.3790.4476, 2009-03-17

#5. "AuthenTec AES2810 Fingerprint Reader\AT8MinFoose.msi"
                                     version from 2012-02-02

    Cf. <>

#6. "UPEK TouchChip Fingerprint Reader\UPEK_Touchchip.msi"
                                     version from 2010-09-15

    Cf. <>

    This driver package contains parts of OpenSSL (no version specified),
    it installs a textfile "OpenSSL license" from 2006-06-14!
    So: add OpenSSL to the list of vulnerable components too.

#7. "UPEK TouchChip Fingerprint Reader PBA Support\spba.msi"
                                      version from 2010-??-??

    This package contains a vulnerable MSVCRT+ 2005 runtime (version

    Cf. <>

    This driver package contains parts of OpenSSL (no version specified),
    it installs a textfile "OpenSSL license" from 2006-06-14!
    So: add OpenSSL to the list of vulnerable components too.

#8. "Preboot Manager.msi"             version from 2011-12-06
                                      by Wave Systems Corp.

    This package contains a vulnerable MSXML 4.0 SP2 (version 4.20.9818.0
    from 2003-04-18).
    Cf. <>

    This package contains a VTAPI.DLL (version from 2006-11-13)
    from UPEK Inc. (see #6 and #7 above) which contains parts of OpenSSL.
    So: yet another component with vulnerable OpenSSL code.

    JFTR: no textfile with the "OpenSSL license" included here.

#9. "NTRU CryptoSystems TCG Software Stack\NTRU-CTSS-v1.2.1.37-eu.msi"
                                      version from 2011-10-08
                                      by NTRU CryptoSystems Inc.

    This package contains a vulnerable MSVCRT++ 2010 (version 10.0.30319.1
    from 2010-03-18), cf.

... and more (I stopped counting)!

Dell Inc.: Don't you have any QA? Can't afford one?
UPEK Inc.: Don't you have any QA? Can't afford one?
Wave Corp.: Don't you have any QA? Can't afford one?
NTRU Inc.: Don't you have any QA? Can't afford one?

What about just a little bit of serious software engineering and due
diligence in your development, build and production processes?

It's a stupid idea to build security software from vulnerable components!

Stefan Kanthak


2012-08-24    informed vendor support

2012-09-24    no reaction/reply from vendor support, report published

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