Type packetstorm
Reporter Packet Storm
Modified 1999-08-17T00:00:00


                                            `Date: Fri, 19 Feb 1999 17:35:45 -0500  
From: Trevor Gryffyn <>  
Subject: Plaintext Password in Tractive's Remote Manager Software  
A pretty minor thing, but thought I'd bring it up anyway. I hope it hasn't  
already been reported.  
Software: Triactive's Remote Management Software  
Web Site:  
Software Description:  
Enables IS techs to remotely control (to a large degree, but not like  
pcAnywhere real-time control) a remote 95/98/NT machine. This includes  
viewing almost anything viewable as far as system configuration and settings  
go, browsing the system and execute programs via a forms based DOS utility,  
browsing the system and whatever it can view via Network Neighborhood (with  
that machine's permissions) and rename, delete, remotely launch, edit,  
download, etc files. It even allows you to view and modify the registry of  
the machine that it's running on.  
Problem Description:  
There are two forms of authentication that this program can use. Either  
authenticate off of an NT machine, Basic (clear text) or Challenge and  
Response (for 95 you have to have USER-LEVEL ACCESS CONTROL and a Domain  
configured in your Network settings for this to work) or by way of a  
username and password that you set in the program (on a 95 machine, if it's  
set for Share-Level Access control).  
It *will* warn you that it's best to use the User-Level access control, but  
if you chose not to, it stores the Username and Password that you define in  
plaintext under:  
HKLM\SOFTWARE\TriActive\Remote Manager\Username  
HKLM\SOFTWARE\TriActive\Remote Manager\Password  
I havn't had the opportunity to try this product on an NT machine yet to see  
if it does anything bad on that front, but there's a possibility.  
On the surface this is pretty minor, but if someone could gain access to  
your registry then you've just opened up a gateway to do a great deal of  
damage to your machine or be used to some degree to bounce off of your  
machine to do damage elsewhere especially coupled with other products out  
Trevor Gryffyn  
Meetinghouse Technologies