File Transfer Anywhere Stores Server Passwords in Plain Text
SecurityTracker Alert ID: 1014919|
SecurityTracker URL: http://securitytracker.com/id/1014919
(Links to External Site)
Updated: Jun 8 2008|
Original Entry Date: Sep 16 2005
Disclosure of authentication information|
Fix Available: Yes Vendor Confirmed: Yes Exploit Included: Yes |
A vulnerability was reported in File Transfer Anywhere. A local user can view server passwords.|
The software stores the server password in the registry (\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\TTXN\File Transfer Anywhere). A local user can view the registry to obtain the server password.
Passwords sent from the client to the server are not encrypted for transmission.
Jonathan Read of Airscanner Mobile Security discovered this vulnerability.
A local user can view the server password.|
The vendor has issued a fix.|
Access control error|
Source Message Contents
Date: 13 Sep 2005 23:31:18 -0000|
Subject: Airscanner Mobile Security Advisory #05082201: File Transfer
Airscanner Mobile Security Advisory #05082201:
File Transfer Anywhere v3.01 Local Server Password Disclosure
TTXN File Transfer Anywhere v3.01 server
Tested on Windows Mobile Pocket PC 2003
Mobile device running Windows Mobile Pocket PC with Transfer Anywhere v3.01 installed
Jonathan Read, CISSP
Airscanner Mobile Security
Mobile Antivirus Researchers Association
August 22 2005
Medium, a local attacker can view server passwords in plain text.
File Transfer Anywhere is a http based file transfer application. It allows users to transfer files in a FTP server like way but using
HTTP. The program can also be used as a webserver.
The author’s website is unknown but the software can be found on Handango.com
File Transfer Anywhere has a couple of security issues. The first issue is the failure to encrypt passwords being sent via the client
to the server. Passwords are sent in plaintext and can easily be sniffed through the air using a wireless packet sniffer (when the
connection between the server and client are wireless).
The second issue is of greater concern. The server by default is not password protected (which is a security risk in itself), but
most people will add a password and tick the save password box to avoid intrusions from unknown clients. Although the program uses
**** symbols to hide the password in the programs GUI, it stores the saved password in the local registry in plain text. The password
can easily be located using a registry editor tool at the following registry location:
[\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\TTXN\File Transfer Anywhere]
Under this key a value called PASS will have the password as its data. This data should be encrypted as it gives a local attacker
information that could allow them to gain full remote control of the device at a later stage.
The vendor was notified and has released a new version that fixes this issue
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