Monday, December 24, 2007

Reveal Firefox Passwords

I was browsing the Firefox settings for optimizing performance and came across the "Security tab in Firefox Preferences". I was amazed to see a button called Show_Passwords.

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I decided to probe further and clicked on it, viola it showed the list of websites with my user name on it. What more it even had a button which said "Show Passwords".



Clicking on it brought a dialog box which confirmed if I really wanted my passwords to be displayed.


Clicking yes revealed all my usernames along with respective passwords.


Now this can be handy for a home computer where if I forget my password, I can easily get it back. At the same time this poses a huge risk in Office environment, where many a times we go to get a steaming cup of coffee without locking our desktop. I know leaving the desktop unlocked is a foolish thing to do, but its a fact that many a times we do forget. In those circumstances, a colleague might easily get our personal passwords. Imagine someone getting your mail password, without your knowledge and silently read through your mails/chats.

Having discovered this, I immediately looked for similar "feature" in Konqueror- I found none. I know of a few hacks in Windows which help reveal the IE stored passwords, but the password-self-revealing feature of Firefox takes the cake when it comes to security loophole.






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6 comments:

Anonymous said...

are you really that obtuse? you can hide passwords by using a master password. not only that, firefox supports profiles, so you can use that too. besides it's just a fucking keystroke to lock your desktop, if you don't lock your desktop while you're away you probably deserve to be snooped on. i'm amazed that google picks your shit up when i search for opensuse vs ubuntu.

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