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Vulnerability title: Disclosure Of Database Credentials In IT2 Workstation

CVE: CVE-2014-1220
Vendor: IT2
Product: Workstation
Affected version: 7.212
Fixed version: N/A
Reported by: Alejo Murillo Moya


IT2 Workstation 7.212, and potentially earlier versions have a design issue that discloses the database credentials during the application start-up process (before authentication).

During the binary client initialization, the database password is being disclosed to the client (using Windows named pipes). Any user with access to that named pipe will obtain the database password, and potentially the database credentials, as the default credentials are hard-coded in the binary.

Obtaining the database password:

1. Using a network sniffer (e.g. Wireshark), log all the data transmitted during the start of the application (before it asks for credentials).

2. The database password (********) will be contained in the network traffic. Concretely, the sensitive information will be transmitted over the network using a Windows named pipe.

Note: It is assumed that the user running the IT2 Workstation binary have the valid rights to access the Windows named pipe.


An attacker obtaining sufficient network access could connect directly to the database, whereupon they could
  • Extract sensitive information, including (but not limited to) authentication credentials and personal details.
    Such information could be sold by the attacker to other malicious individuals, used in other attacks (as the
    same password is often used across systems) or released publicly to damage the organisation’s reputation
  • Modify data within the current database.


Exploit code is not required.

Vendor status:

22/10/2013 Advisory created
11/11/2013 Vendor contacted
27/11/2013 Vendor contact reattempted
14/01/2014 CVE obtained
14/02/2014 Published

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