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covert storage channel

Abbreviation(s) and Synonym(s):

None

Definition(s):

  A system feature that enables one system entity to signal information to another entity by directly or indirectly writing a storage location that is later directly or indirectly read by the second entity. See: covert channel.
Source(s):
CNSSI 4009-2015 (IETF RFC 4949 Ver 2)

  Covert channel involving the direct or indirect writing to a storage location by one process and the direct or indirect reading of the storage location by another process. Covert storage channels typically involve a finite resource (e.g., sectors on a disk) that is shared by two subjects at different security levels.
Source(s):
NIST SP 800-53 Rev. 4 under Covert Storage Channel (CNSSI 4009)