[VulnWatch] RE: Trillian weakly encrypts saved passwords

From: Brenna Primrose (drxlecter@phreaker.net)
Date: 09/09/02

From: "Brenna Primrose" <drxlecter@phreaker.net>
To: "'Evan Nemerson'" <enemerson@coeus-group.com>, <bugtraq@securityfocus.com>, <vulnwatch@vulnwatch.org>, <submissions@packetstormsecurity.org>, <news@securiteam.com>
Date: Mon, 9 Sep 2002 13:26:42 -0500

This bug has been known for at least a few months. Nothing new here...


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-----Original Message-----
From: Evan Nemerson [mailto:enemerson@coeus-group.com]
Sent: Monday, September 09, 2002 4:20 AM
To: bugtraq@securityfocus.com; vulnwatch@vulnwatch.org;
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Subject: Trillian weakly encrypts saved passwords

Trillian 0.73, possibly other versions.

Weak "encryption" of saved passwords.

Decryption of saved passwords.

Vendor notified:
3 Sept., 2002. No response.

Medium. ish. The program only works locally, and only if the subject
has saved their password, and really if someone can get into your AIM
account, how earth-shattering is that??? However, since a lot of people
the same password for everything...


Trillian is, according to trillian.cc, "...everything you need for
messaging. Connect to ICQR, AOL Instant Messenger(SM), MSN Messenger,
Messenger and IRC in a single, sleek and slim interface."

Upon examination of the Trillian directory (which defaults to C:\Program

Files\Trillian\ ), it appears that passwords are stored in ini files
that are
located in {Path to Trillian}\users\{WindowsLogon}. The passwords are
encrypted using a simple XOR with a key apparently uniform throughout

The attached program takes, as command line argument(s), path(s) to
these INI
files. It will then display a list of usernames, "encrypted" passwords,
plaintext passwords.

Evan Nemerson

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