Heartbleed Security Statement for SQLCipher

2014-04-10 11:16:21 -0400

Like most service and software providers, we've been working hard at Zetetic to assess the impact for our customers resulting from this week's OpenSSL security disclosure, commonly known as the OpenSSL Heartbleed bug. More specifically referred to as CVE-2014-0160, this issue has undermined the security of many internet platforms by allowing attackers to read arbitrary memory from services using the popular OpenSSL library to provide secure communications over the web. This attack can allow extraction of private keys, session data, and user information from affected websites.

We are pleased to report that SQLCipher is not directly impacted by the Heartbleed bug and subsequent disclosure. Many SQLCipher platforms, including SQLCipher for Mac OS X, Android, Xamarin.Android, ADO.NET, and Windows C++ do make extensive use of OpenSSL. However, they only utilize the low level "libcrypto" interfaces to access encryption algorithms. Specifically, SQLCipher's OpenSSL provider uses the EVP interfaces, random number generator, and PKCS5_PBKDF2_HMAC_SHA1. There is no use of OpenSSL's SSL functions, and thus nothing that would expose SQLCipher to direct attack via Heartbleed.

As a result, applications that currently rely on SQLCipher for local data security need not be concerned with Heartbleed exposure as a result of the SQLCipher library. Of course, application and service providers should be sure to carefully audit their software and infrastructure to ensure that there aren't other components or services that rely on affected versions of OpenSSL.

Finally, even though Heartbleed does not impact SQLCipher, we will include the latest OpenSSL 1.0.1g in upcoming releases of SQLCipher Commercial Edition for those customers using our commercially supported libraries to ensure dependency on the latest stable version.

We take security seriously and we are happy to communicate with customers about the details of this issue, so please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

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