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Category:   Application (Instant Messaging/IRC/Chat)  >   VeriChat Vendors:   Intellisync
VeriChat Discloses Passwords to Local Users
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1016786
SecurityTracker URL:
CVE Reference:   CVE-2006-4614   (Links to External Site)
Updated:  Jun 8 2008
Original Entry Date:  Sep 4 2006
Impact:   Disclosure of authentication information
Exploit Included:  Yes  
Version(s): 1.30bh
Description:   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:

Impact:   A local user can view the passwords for the target user's instant messaging accounts.
Solution:   No solution was available at the time of this entry.
Vendor URL: (Links to External Site)
Cause:   Access control error
Underlying OS:  Windows (CE)
Underlying OS Comments:  Pocket PC

Message History:   None.

 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

Risk Level:

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. 



Vendor Response

Waiting response.

Copyright (c) 2005 Airscanner Corp.

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