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Subject: mod_sqlpw Password Caching Bug
From: Miller (joemilerCLARK.NET)
Date: Mon Dec 11 2000 - 13:55:48 CST


        The mod_sqlpw module for ProFTPD caches the user id and password
information returned from the mysql database when attempting to verify a
password. When the "user" command is used to switch to another account,
the cached password is not cleard, and the password entered is checked
against the cached password. If a user knows the password for a valid
account on a ProFTPD system using mod_sqlpw, they may log into any other
account in the database by doing the following:

1. FTP to the host running ProFTPD/mod_sqlpw.
2. At the login prompt, enter the user id of the known account "bob".
3. When prompted for a password, enter an invalid password for the
account "bob". Authentication will fail.
4. Type "user alice", where "alice" is another account in the user
database.
5. When prompted for a password, enter the correct password for "bob".

At this point, the user "bob" is logged in as the user "alice" without
knowing alice's password.

Joe Miller