VeriChat Discloses Passwords to Local Users
SecurityTracker Alert ID: 1016786|
SecurityTracker URL: http://securitytracker.com/id/1016786
(Links to External Site)
Updated: Jun 8 2008|
Original Entry Date: Sep 4 2006
Disclosure of authentication information|
Exploit Included: Yes |
A vulnerability was reported in VeriChat. A local user can obtain user passwords.|
The software stores user passwords in plain text in the registry on the target Pocket PC device. The passwords are stored in the following registry location:
A local user can access the registry to view the passwords for the target user's instant messaging accounts.
The vendor has been notified.
Jonathan Read of Airscanner Mobile Security reported this vulnerability.
The original advisory is available at:
A local user can view the passwords for the target user's instant messaging accounts.|
No solution was available at the time of this entry.|
Vendor URL: www.pdaapps.com/verichat_ppc/index.html (Links to External Site)
Access control error|
|Underlying OS: Windows (CE)|
|Underlying OS Comments: Pocket PC|
Source Message Contents
Subject: Airscanner Mobile Security Advisory #05081201: PDAapps Verichat|
Airscanner Mobile Security Advisory #05081201:
PDAapps Verichat v1.30bh Local Password Disclosure
PDAapps Verichat v1.30bh
Tested on Windows Mobile Pocket PC 2003
Mobile device running Windows Mobile Pocket PC with Verichat v1.30bh installed
Jonathan Read, CISSP
Airscanner Mobile Security
Mobile Antivirus Researchers Association
August 12 2005
Medium; a local attacker can view passwords in plain text.
Verichat is instant messaging software that allows a user to connect to many different instant messaging accounts at once. It supports
AOL, Yahoo!, MSN and ICQ on a Pocket PC device.
Verichat instant messenger does not implement any security measures for user passwords. Usernames and passwords are stored in plain
text in the device’s registry. Although Windows Mobile does not come with a native registry editor, third party software can
be used to view these passwords with ease.
Passwords are stored in the following location by default:
Each messenger client is represented at this path. For example, if an attacker wanted to find the MSN password, he would simply browse
to the MSN registry key and look at the first two values. The first value is the password and the second value is the username.
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