A crippling flaw in a widely used code library has fatally undermined the security of millions of encryption keys used in some of the highest-stakes settings, including national identity cards, software and application signing, and trusted platform modules protecting government and corporate computers.
The weakness allows attackers to calculate the private portion of any
vulnerable key using nothing more than the corresponding public
portion. Hackers can then use the private key to impersonate key owners,
decrypt sensitive data, sneak malicious code into digitally signed
software, and bypass protections that prevent accessing or tampering
with stolen PC's.
The 5 year old flaw is also troubling because it's
located in code that complies with two internationally recognized
security certification standards that are binding on many governments,
contractors, and companies around the world.
The code library was
developed by German chipmaker Infineon, and has been generating weak keys
since 2012 at the latest.
President Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., was promised damaging information about Hillary Clinton before agreeing to meet with a Kremlin-connected Russian lawyer during the 2016 campaign, according to three advisers to the White House briefed on the meeting and two others with knowledge of it.
The meeting was also attended by his campaign chairman at the time, Paul J. Manafort, and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner. Mr. Manafort and Mr. Kushner only recently disclosed the meeting, though not its content, in confidential government documents described to The New York Times.
The Times reported the existence of the meeting on Saturday. But in subsequent interviews, the advisers and others revealed the motivation behind it.
The meeting — at Trump Tower on June 9, 2016, two weeks after Donald J. Trump clinched the Republican nomination — points to the central question in federal investigations of the Kremlin’s meddling in the presidential election: whether the Trump campaign colluded with the Russians. The accounts of the meeting represent the first public indication that at least some in the campaign were willing to accept Russian help.