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Re: MS IE Password inputs
From: "Mattie Casper" <mattie () mattie net>
Date: Wed, 21 Nov 2001 00:25:52 -0600

Very interesting find, and I can confirm the same thing happens in

I can reproduce it by placing the cursor at the beginning of a
password typed-in like "1234 56789 0ABCDE FGHIJK" and then use
CTRL+RIGHTARROW to move through the asterisks just as if the spaces
were there. (CTRL+RIGHTARROW in some applications like IE will move
you to the next 'word' in a textbox.)

This can come in handy when I typo part of a password and don't want
to retype it all, but this does have some slight security

Mattie Casper

----- Original Message -----
From: "Jon Embury" <jon.embury () f1solutions com au>
To: <bugtraq () securityfocus com>
Sent: Tuesday, November 20, 2001 3:28 PM
Subject: MS IE Password inputs

Just something I've noticed on IE 4 & 5.5

If you enter a password that contains a mix of non-alphabetic and
characters to an MS IE password input and then use the keyboard to
select it
while holding down tab the cursor / selected region jumps between
non-alphabetic characters in exactly the same manner as it does when
apply the same technique in word, Interdev, vb etc.

It doesn't reveal the password, but it would seem to reveal at least
some of
the structure.


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Jon Embury
Developer, F1 Solutions

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