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spamcop.net allows everyone to grab mail addresses and reset passwords
From: Henning Schmiedehausen <hps () intermeta de>
Date: Tue, 10 Aug 2004 19:23:05 +0200


spamcop.net is service for tracking Spammers. It offers free and paid
subscription services and ISP people responsible for various mail
domains can register with spamcop to be informed when spam is
originating from a local mail address.

The spamcop.net service offers an account management page on their
web site where you can reset the password. This page is reached via


where <xxx> is a random number between 1 and roughly 1.6 million. This
number determines which account is selected. After doing so, everyone
can reset the password and the account mail address is displayed.

Impact: 1) Everyone can reset any spamcop password for a subscribed
        user. While the user gets his new password mailed, these mails
        might be simply ignored (especially in these phishing days
        where everyone gets a zillion passwords mailed each day.

        This allows a large DoS against spamcop and its user base.

        2) By writing a simple loop, a spammer can pull all the
        registered (and probably read) mail addresses from spamcop.net,
        turning spamcop into a large "valid addresses for free" site.

Spamcop.net has been informed (info () spamcop net, abuse () spamcop net,
postmaster () spamcomp net) on Jul 27th. No reaction yet. 


Dipl.-Inf. (Univ.) Henning P. Schmiedehausen          INTERMETA GmbH
hps () intermeta de        +49 9131 50 654 0   http://www.intermeta.de/
RedHat Certified Engineer -- Jakarta Turbine Development  -- hero for hire
   Linux, Java, perl, Solaris -- Consulting, Training, Development

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