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    Gator stores unencrypted card numbers

    I don't think many people here use junk spy ware programs like gator but if you do or know someone who does you might want to read this.

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    Gator eWallet Discloses Credit Card Numbers and Passwords to Local Users and Other Information to Remote Users
    SecurityTracker Alert ID: 1006891 CVE Reference: GENERIC-MAP-NOMATCH (Links to External Site) Date: May 31 2003
    Impact: Disclosure of authentication information, Disclosure of user information
    Exploit Included: Yes
    Advisory: NovaPPC Security Research Group
    Description: Lorenzo Manuel Hernandez Garcia-Hierro of NovaPPC Security reported that the Gator eWallet discloses credit cards and passwords to local users. In addition, the Gator Corporation backup servers disclose some user information to remote users.

    It is reported that Gator eWallet stores private information, potentially including credit card numbers and passwords, on the target user's computer without encryption. The software reportedly uses Base64 encoding instead of an encryption algorith.

    The following files are used to store Gator eWallet information on the local system:

    mepoe m.dat

    It is also reported that a remote user can retrieve arbitrary user data files from the Gator backup servers.

    A demonstration exploit is provided:

    GET /scripts/xx/ HTTP/1.0
    Accept: */*
    X-UA: WinInet 6.0.xxxx.1, 1.1, 1.0
    If-Modified-Since: Thu, 06 Apr 2000 20:00:06 GMT
    User-Agent: Gator/4.1 Script 0
    SLRetries: 1
    SL-LastErr: 12152
    SL-LastErr: 12152
    Script-Version: 0.4
    SL-Version: 2
    RunMode: 2
    Connection: open

    In the above demonstration, 'xx' is the first two characters of the domain user data file and 'Y' is the remaining characters in the domain. The 'ffz' is the file extension of the script files used by backup server.

    [Editor's note: It is not clear exactly what kind of information can be retrieved from the backup servers. We have asked for clarification and will update this alert with any new details.]

    Additional information is provided (in Spanish language text) at:
    Impact: A local user can view private personal information stored in the eWallet.

    A remote user can obtain some data files for arbitrary users from the eWallet backup servers (operated by Gator Corporation).
    Solution: No solution was available at the time of this entry.
    Vendor URL: (Links to External Site)
    Cause: Access control error
    Underlying OS: Windows (Any)
    Reported By: Lorenzo Hernandez Garcia-Hierro <>
    Message History: None
    Base64 can be can be converted to decimal form using the windows calculator or antionlines very own "encrypted text program"
    Or by hand if you like doing things the hard way.

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    Nice post. A few months ago I got that crap on my system at work.
    \"Trying to outsmart a compiler defeats much of the purpose of using one.\" Kernighan & Plauger, The Elements of Programming Style.

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    great post, our organization is working on all these wares that we've been able to subdue for time being. feels like there is conspiracy with these types of company and them!!! i may need to go to the darkside and find out the truth


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