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Category:   Application (Security)  >   Password Safe Vendors:   passwordsafe.sourceforge.net
Password Safe May Fail to Lock the Password Database
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1016565
SecurityTracker URL:  http://securitytracker.com/id/1016565
CVE Reference:   CVE-2006-3675   (Links to External Site)
Date:  Jul 25 2006
Impact:   Disclosure of authentication information
Fix Available:  Yes  Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  
Version(s): 2.11, 2.16, 3.0BETA1
Description:   A vulnerability was reported in Password Safe. The password database may not properly lock.

When certain dialog windows remain open, the application may fail to lock the password database when the workstation is locked or after an inactivity timeout.

The following dialog windows, when open, can prevent the database from being locked:

File > New Database
File > Open Database
File > Save As
File > Export To
File > Import From
File > Merge Database
Edit > Add Entry
Edit > Edit/View Entry
Manage > Change Safe Combination
Manage > Make Backup
Manage > Restore from Backup
Help > About Password Safe

J.R. Wikes of Symantec reported this vulnerability.

Impact:   The application may fail to lock the password database. A physically local user may be able to access the database.
Solution:   The vendor has issued a fixed version (3.01).
Vendor URL:  passwordsafe.sourceforge.net/ (Links to External Site)
Cause:   State error
Underlying OS:  Windows (Any)

Message History:   None.


 Source Message Contents

Subject:  SYMSA-2006-008:Password Safe - Lock Password Database

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                   Symantec Vulnerability Research
                   http://www.symantec.com/research
                         Security Advisory

   Advisory ID: SYMSA-2006-008
Advisory Title: Password Safe - Lock Password Database Configuration Not Enforced
        Author: J.R. Wikes
  Release Date: 07-24-2006
   Application: Password Safe 2.11, 2.16, 3.0BETA1
      Platform: Windows (95/98/NT/2000/XP)
      Severity: Locally exploitable
 Vendor status: Verified by vendor.  Upgrade available
    CVE Number: CVE-2006-3675
    Reference: http://www.securityfocus.com/bid/19078

Overview:

Password Safe is open source software which allows users to
create a secured and encrypted master password list. This list
is controlled and accessed through the Password Safe software

One of the security features of the software allows users to
configure the password database to lock upon the workstation
being locked or after a set period of inactivity. It was
determined that this locking feature is not enforced on either
of these events when certain dialogue windows are open in the
software.

More information on Password Safe can be obtained at
http://passwordsafe.sourceforge.net/.

Details:

Password Safe can be configured to lock the password database
when the workstation is locked or after a set period of idle
time to prevent unauthorized access to the database contents.
When the following dialogue windows are left open in the
application the database will not lock on either of these
preconfigured events.

File > New Database
File > Open Database
File > Save As
File > Export To
File > Import From
File > Merge Database
Edit > Add Entry
Edit > Edit/View Entry
Manage > Change Safe Combination
Manage > Make Backup
Manage > Restore from Backup
Help > About Password Safe

By not locking the password database as configured, its contents
may be at risk of compromise by an attacker with access to the
workstation.

Vendor Response:

	The above vulnerability was addressed for the affected
	platforms in Password Safe 3.01.

	Customers can download the latest version of Password
	Safe from the following website:


	https://sourceforge.net/projects/passwordsafe/

	If there are any further questions about this statement,
	please contact ronys@users.sourceforge.net.

Recommendation:

	Follow your organization's testing procedures before
	applying patches or workarounds.  Customers should
	upgrade to Password Safe 3.01, or higher as soon as
	possible.

Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) Information:

The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) project has
assigned the following names to these issues.  These are
candidates for inclusion in the CVE list
(http://cve.mitre.org), which standardizes names for security
problems.


  CVE-2006-3675

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- -------------Symantec Product Advisory Information-------------

To Report a Security Vulnerability in a Symantec Product:
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For general information on Symantec's Product Vulnerability
reporting and response:
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Symantec Product Advisory PGP Key:
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Copyright (c) 2006 by Symantec Corp
Permission to redistribute this alert electronically is granted
as long as it is not edited in any way unless authorized by
Symantec Consulting Services. Reprinting the whole or part of
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