Improper Handling of Extreme Physical Environment Conditions

The product does not properly detect and handle extreme conditions in the product's physical environment, such as temperature, radiation, humidity, power, or other physical phenomena.


Hardware products are typically only guaranteed to behave correctly within certain environmental limits, such as running between minimum and maximum temperatures. Such products cannot necessarily control the external conditions that they are subjected to. However, the inability to detect and handle such conditions can cause the product to produce security-critical errors, e.g., flipping a bit that is used for an authentication decision. In addition, these physical conditions could be intentionally manipulated by an adversary to directly trigger such errors, although it might be technically difficult to do so.

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