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Category:   Application (Web Browser)  >   Netscape Communicator Vendors:   America Online, Inc.
Netscape Browser for MacOS Discloses HTML Web Form Password Contents to Local Users
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1002805
SecurityTracker URL:
CVE Reference:   GENERIC-MAP-NOMATCH   (Links to External Site)
Date:  Nov 22 2001
Impact:   Disclosure of authentication information
Exploit Included:  Yes  
Version(s): 4.77, possibly others
Description:   A password disclosure bug was reported in the Netscape browser for MacOS. A local user can obtain a password typed in an HTML form.

It is reported that a local user can print a web page form with a password field to obtain the password that has been typed into that field.

Impact:   A remote user can obtain the contents of password fields in HTML web forms on the system.
Solution:   No solution was available at the time of this entry.
Vendor URL: (Links to External Site)
Cause:   Access control error
Underlying OS:  Apple (Legacy "classic" Mac)

Message History:   None.

 Source Message Contents

Subject:  Mac Netscape password fields

I apologize if this is well known, but the thread about IE password
inputs reminded me of a somewhat more serious problem in Netscape for
MacOS (v. 4.77, and at least some earlier ones):

  access a page with <input type="password" ...>
  type something in that field

The "secret" string prints in clear text.

Eric Behr         | NIU Mathematical Sciences      | (815) 753 6727 | |  fax: 753 1112


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