Pidgin IM Client Password Disclosure Vulnerability.
0.7.10 Unicode / Previous version can be affected.
11 September 2008
Pidgin is a graphical modular messaging client based on libpurple which
of connecting to AIM, MSN, Yahoo!, XMPP, ICQ, IRC, SILC, SIP/SIMPLE,
Lotus Sametime, Bonjour, Zephyr, MySpaceIM, Gadu-Gadu, and QQ all at
once. It is written using GTK+.
The pidgin client inherits client side password disclosure
vulnerability. The credentials used to
connect to the required service i.e. username and password is not
encrypted properly. The credentials
can be extracted in clear text by dumping process memory of the live
pidgin process when a connection
is set. The vulnerability allows anyone with access to the client system
to obtain the username and password.
Additionally, this vulnerability could also be exploited by fooling the
user to execute malicious code which
would dump the memory of the process "pidgin.exe"..
*Proof of Concept:*