Covert Channel
Weakness ID: 514 (Weakness Class)Status: Incomplete
+ Description

Description Summary

A covert channel is a path used to transfer information in a way not intended by the system's designers.

Extended Description

Typically the system has not given authorization for the transmission and has no knowledge of its occurrence.

+ Time of Introduction
  • Implementation
  • Operation
+ Relationships
NatureTypeIDNameView(s) this relationship pertains toView(s)
ChildOfCategoryCategory418Channel Errors
Development Concepts699
ChildOfCategoryCategory518Inadvertently Introduced Weakness
Development Concepts (primary)699
ChildOfWeakness ClassWeakness Class664Improper Control of a Resource Through its Lifetime
Research Concepts (primary)1000
ParentOfWeakness BaseWeakness Base385Covert Timing Channel
Development Concepts699
Research Concepts (primary)1000
ParentOfWeakness BaseWeakness Base515Covert Storage Channel
Development Concepts (primary)699
Research Concepts (primary)1000
+ Theoretical Notes

This can be thought of as an emergent resource, meaning that it was not an originally intended resource, however it exists due the application's behaviors.

+ Taxonomy Mappings
Mapped Taxonomy NameNode IDFitMapped Node Name
LandwehrCovert Channel
+ Content History
Submission DateSubmitterOrganizationSource
LandwehrExternally Mined
Modification DateModifierOrganizationSource
2008-07-01Eric DalciCigitalExternal
updated Time of Introduction
2008-09-08CWE Content TeamMITREInternal
updated Relationships, Other Notes, Taxonomy Mappings
2008-10-14CWE Content TeamMITREInternal
updated Description, Other Notes, Theoretical Notes
2009-07-27CWE Content TeamMITREInternal
updated Relationships