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Re: FileZilla weakly-encrypted password vulnerability: advisory + PoC
From: Nicholas Knight <nknight () runawaynet com>
Date: Sun, 04 Sep 2005 04:10:18 -0700
m123303 () securityfocus com wrote:
- - FileZilla client stores password using weak XOR "encryption"
- - The value of the cipher key is static (it never changes) and can
be found in the source code
As I'm getting rather tired of explaining to people, you will find the
same "vulnerability" in any number of programs (KMail and KNode spring
to mind immediately, as I've had to recover passwords from them in the
Developers don't intend these features as true security (note that the
fact that the passwords are stored obfuscated is never advertised), but
rather a deterrent against casual snoopers (like, say, a younger sibling
being naughty), and reporting it isn't going to get you anything but mocked.
If you want to report something *closer* to a real vulnerability, try
reporting the fact that FileZilla stores the information in a public
folder instead of the user's private areas. On a multi-user system
shared among family members, storing the data where it belongs offers
far greater deterrent at zero cost.