phpGroupWare stores passwords in plain text

phpgroupware-plaintext-password (16970) The risk level is classified as MediumMedium Risk


Joseph Engo's phpGroupWare stores admin and setup passwords in cookies as plain text. A remote attacker could use a sniffing tool to obtain this information and gain administrative access to the program.


Gain Access


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  • phpGroupWare Web site: phpGroupWare.
  • BID-10895: PHPGroupWare Plaintext Cookie Authentication Credentials Information Disclosure Vulnerability
  • CVE-2004-2578: phpGroupWare before transmits the (1) header admin and (2) setup passwords in plaintext via cookies, which allows remote attackers to sniff passwords.
  • OSVDB ID: 8354: phpGroupWare Admin/Setup Password Cleartext Cookie Storage

Platforms Affected:

  • Joseph Engo phpGroupWare prior to


Aug 12, 2004

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