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Insecure service configuration - Keys


The source code repository stores cipher keys directly. Allowing an attacker with access to the source code to compromise the keys to impersonate the application or decrypt the communications between server and client.


Obtain cypher keys to craft new attack vectors.


Store the cipher keys in a secured Keystore.


Authenticated attacker from Internet with access to the source code.

Expected Remediation Time

⌚ 30 minutes.


Default score using CVSS 3.1. It may change depending on the context of the vulnerability.


  • Attack vector: N
  • Attack complexity: L
  • Privileges required: L
  • User interaction: N
  • Scope: U
  • Confidentiality: L
  • Integrity: N
  • Availability: N


  • Exploit code madurity: P
  • Remediation level: O
  • Report confidence: C


  • Vector string: CVSS:3.1/AV:N/AC:L/PR:L/UI:N/S:U/C:L/I:N/A:N/E:P/RL:O/RC:C
  • Score:
    • Base: 4.3
    • Temporal: 3.9
  • Severity:
    • Base: Medium
    • Temporal: Low

Code Examples

Compliant code

Cipher keys are safely used as encrypted secrets in the code

public class DemoApplication {
public static void main(String[] args) {
decryptPass(password, secretKey);

Non compliant code

Cipher key directly stored on the source code

public class DemoApplication {
cipherKey = "PlainKEY"
public static void main(String[] args) {
decryptPass(password, cipherKey);


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