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Date: Wed, 12 Mar 2014 10:56:28 +0100
From: Marcus Meissner <>
Subject: Re: Re: CVE request: claws-mail vcalendar plugin
	stores user/password in cleartext

On Wed, Mar 12, 2014 at 08:33:45AM +0000, Paul wrote:
> On Mon, 10 Mar 2014 14:31:34 -0600
> "Vincent Danen" <> wrote: 
> > Subject pretty much says it all.  It's not a very exciting flaw but
> > was brought to our attention.
> > 
> > References:
> > 
> >
> >
> I believe that a CVE request for this is probably overkill.
> The vCalendar plugin does not support login credentials when
> subscribing to a WebCal.
> The user can work around this missing feature by adding their username
> and password to the URI, e.g.
> https://USERNAME:MYPASSWORD@...lserver/home/USERNAME/Calendar
> The URI is stored in clear text, hence if the user chooses to work
> around the missing feature their un/pw will be stored in clear text.
> Similar behaviour can be witnessed in a number of other apps. For
> example, if I bookmark
> https://USERNAME:MYPASSWORD@...lserver/home/USERNAME/Calendar in
> firefox, it will save the credentials in clear text.
> There are some apps that will store what the user enters in a
> password field as clear text, however Claws Mail is not one of them.
> Therefore, on the Claws Mail bug tracker, this is marked as a feature
> request and not as a security issue.
> with regards

FWIW, the calendar plugin does not do SSL safely anyway, which I would
worry more about:

Also the rssly plugin has the same issue

Note comment by author(?):
"However, while I agree that CURLOPT_SSL_VERIFYHOST should probably be
enabled, I do not see any usefulness in enabling CURLOPT_SSL_VERIFYPEER. I
do not really buy into the extortion racket that certificate authority
companies run."

(The main claws-mail has different and very extensive ssl / certificate
 handling, a bit large to review quickly for me right now.)

Ciao, Marcus

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