Friday, September 24, 2010

Remedy Password Obfuscation

Recently I was checking around for possible sites that were sending plaintext passwords in the clear. One such application I tested was BMC remedy 7.x. Although it doesn't send completely clear passwords, it might as well. Here is the javascript code on the login form for password handling prior to a POST operation.

function getScrambledPassword(pwd) {
   var cipher = ['k', 's', 'z', 'h', 'x', 'b', 'p', 'j', 'v', 'c', 'g', 'f', 'q', 'n', 't', 'm'];
   var result="";
   if (pwd == null)
       pwd = "";
   pwd = encodeURIComponent(pwd);
   //alert("encoded password: " + pwd);
   for(var i=0;i < pwd.length;i++) 
       var cc="pwd.charCodeAt(i);
       result += cipher[Math.floor(cc/16)] + cipher[cc%16];
   return result

The login page uses this function to "Scramble" the password using a fixed set of constants in the array. If you search around google for remedy pages "inurl:arsys inurl:login.jsp", you will find the same set of ciphers on every page you check. Some sites have https pages, while others do not. In case, the scrambled password above uses a simple operation to convert to numeric values, and creates to characters for every one character of original password. Lets assume our password is "Password". When you post the form, the value sent is bkpsjhjhjjpmjzpx. Since we have 2 characters of cipher text for each one of non-cipher, lets take the first letter: bk

From the calculations, first we have a divide by 16 which equals 5 according to our array. X/16 = 5 -> 5*16 = X = 80. This is rounded down, so we have a original value of anything from 80 to (80 + 16 -1 = 95). Now the second value k is a 0. This is a modulus of the original number and 16. This value is added to our first character to get the original. 80 + 0 = 80, which our handy ASCII table says is a P.

Keep going with the remaining characters and you get the full original password. So, always use https. If you can come up with a better authentication method, do it.

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