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Re: Filezilla's silent caching of user's credentials
From: Jeffrey Walton <noloader () gmail com>
Date: Fri, 8 Oct 2010 03:28:54 -0400

On Thu, Oct 7, 2010 at 11:10 PM, Ryan Sears <rdsears () mtu edu> wrote:
Hi all,

As some of you may or may not be aware, the popular (and
IMHO one of the best) FTP/SCP program Filezilla caches your
credentials for every host you connect to, without either warning
or ability to change this without editing an XML file. There have
been quite a few bug and features requests filed, and they all
get closed or rejected within a week or so. I also posted
something in the developer forum inquiring about this, and
received this response:

"I do not see any harm in storing credentials as long as the
rest of your system is properly secure as it should be."
Source:(http://forum.filezilla-project.org/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=17932)

[SNIP]

I just wanted to gauge the FD community on this issue,
because with enough backing and explanation from the
security community as to why this is a problem, this issue
may finally be resolved (it's been doing this for years now).

Am I the only person who finds it ironic that the same measures
leveraged against closed source projects have to be employed against
some open source projects?

Jeff

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