Filesystem Access + VolanoChat = VChat admin (fwd)

Type securityvulns
Reporter Securityvulns
Modified 2000-11-08T00:00:00


Title: VolanoChatPro stores plain text password in a publicly accessible file. Date: November 4, 2000 Risk: Low. No system privileges are granted. Vendor Site:

================================================= VolanoChatPro, a widely used chat server on the Internet, allows anyone with access to the filesystem to obtain chat server admin access.

In the directory where VolanoChatPro is installed, there is a file named "properties.txt". This file stores the config for the server, including the value of server.password and admin.password. After install, the permissions on this file are "-rw-r--r--".

I contacted the vendor on August 2, 2000 and have gotten no response. I think a workaround would be to change the permissions so that only the owner can read the file. I asked the vendor if this would cause any other problems or if the product would reset the permissions and got no response. This is not addressed in documentation.

I was saddened to see that the company lists many high profile customers (Sun, Rational, AT&T Worldnet, Dept. of Energy, etc. See, but wouldn't respond to a security email.

.:Shout outs to:. - / Commander Crash / -- Driver, pull over at the next cross-over. - Scanman