Opened 12 years ago

Closed 12 years ago

Last modified 4 years ago

#803 closed defect (wontfix)

password stored as plain text

Reported by: cobra582 Owned by:
Milestone: Component: libpurple
Version: 2.0 Keywords: unencrypted password


i can only attest for the windows version of pidgin but in the ...Application Data\.purple\accounts.xml file all the passwords for all the accounts are stored as unencrypted strings.

can i suggest encrypting this in some way. or can you please provide a reason why its not encrypted.

but good work guys this app rocks!

Change History (5)

comment:1 Changed 12 years ago by lschiere

  • Resolution set to wontfix
  • Status changed from new to closed

comment:2 Changed 12 years ago by lithium

I disagree that not storing the passwords at all is "by far the most secure of all of the options". This only leads to two thinks:

a) users picking short and/or dictionary based passwords (or even: one default pass for everytghing)

b) users have to type in a few passwords (perhaps) right in front of others every day

I think this is very bad and I would really hope you would use something like the gnome-keyring to store/access the passwords.

comment:3 Changed 12 years ago by lschiere

1)gnome-keyring requires gnome, which Pidgin does not and will not.

2)gnome-keyring does not change anything. I'm not sure exactly how it works, but it is either a case of keeping all your passwords unecrypted in memory after you authenticate against it once, in which case anyone with access to read your .purple/accounts.xml can also get to its memory with a debugger and get your passwords, or it is a case of hiding a password behind a password, in which case your statement about having to type a password every day in front of others still applies.

comment:4 Changed 12 years ago by phroggie

See also, #673.

comment:5 Changed 4 years ago by Robby

Ticket #16800 has been marked as a duplicate of this ticket.

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