Understanding CVE-2020-35165: Security Update for Dell BSAFE Crypto-C Micro Edition

Hello, LinuxPatch community!

Today, we're diving into a critical topic that underscores the importance of keeping your digital environments secure. We’re talking about CVE-2020-35165, a security vulnerability identified in certain versions of Dell's BSAFE Crypto-C Micro Edition and Micro Edition Suite software.

Let’s break down what this means for you and how you can protect your systems against potential threats.

What is Dell BSAFE Crypto-C Micro Edition?

Dell BSAFE Crypto-C Micro Edition is a robust library designed to provide cryptographic functionalities such as encryption and decryption to software applications. This tool is vital for developers needing to incorporate secure cryptographic standards into their software, ensuring that data remains protected during transmission and storage.

Details of CVE-2020-35165

The vulnerability, assigned the identifier CVE-2020-35165, has been given a medium severity rating with a score of 5.1. It affects Dell BSAFE Crypto-C Micro Edition, versions prior to 4.1.5, and Dell BSAFE Micro Edition Suite, versions before 4.6. The core of the issue lies in an observable timing discrepancy within the software that could potentially be exploited by malicious actors.

This timing discrepancy could allow an attacker to carry out side-channel attacks. Such attacks exploit the time it takes for processes to execute, which can inadvertently leak sensitive data. Essentially, if an attacker measures the time differences in cryptographic operations, they can gather enough information over time to compromise the security of the cryptographic algorithm.

How to Protect Your Systems

The first step in safeguarding your software from this kind of vulnerability is to update to the latest versions of Dell BSAFE Crypto-C Micro Edition and Micro Edition Suite. Versions 4.1.5 and 4.6, respectively, contain patches that address the observable timing discrepancy.

At LinuxPatch, we strongly recommend all users to keep their systems patched and up to date. For LinuxPatch customers, our patch management platform is designed for Linux servers and can help automate and streamline the patch deployment process, ensuring your systems are protected against vulnerabilities like CVE-2020-35165.


Addressing security vulnerabilities swiftly and effectively is crucial for maintaining the integrity and security of your software systems. CVE-2020-35165 highlights the need for ongoing vigilance and proactive updates to counteract potential threats.

If you're interested in learning more about how to keep your Linux systems secure and up-to-date with the latest patches, visit our LinuxPatch website for more information.

Stay safe and secure!