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Vulnerability Score 2.1 2.1
CVE Id CVE-2006-0363
Last Modified 05 Sep 2008 04:59:03
Published 22 Jan 2006 03:03:00
Confidentiality Impact PARTIAL PARTIAL
Integrity Impact NONE NONE
Availability Impact NONE NONE
Access Vector LOCAL
Access Complexity LOW
Authentication NONE



The "Remember my Password" feature in MSN Messenger 7.5 stores passwords in an encrypted format under the HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\IdentityCRL\Creds registry key, which might allow local users to obtain the original passwords via a program that calls CryptUnprotectData, as demonstrated by the "MSN Password Recovery.exe" program. NOTE: it could be argued that local-only password recovery is inherently insecure because the decryption methods and keys must be stored somewhere on the local system, and are thus inherently accessible with varying degrees of effort. Perhaps this issue should not be included in CVE.

Vulnerable Systems


  • Microsoft Msn Messenger 7.5


BUGTRAQ - 20060117 Re: MSN Messenger Password Decrypter for WinXP/2003

BUGTRAQ - 20060113 Re: MSN Messenger Password Decrypter for WinXP/2003


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