The password is encrypted in the PCF file.

There are two fields:


If you embed a clear text password in the "UserPassword=" field, as soon
as you launch the VPN Client for the first time, it will clear out that
field, encrypt the password, and put the encrypted string in the
"enc_UserPassword_" field. If you afre saying that you can decrypt that
encryption, then this is something that you'll need to contact Cisco
about immediately. You should never embed a user's password in the
clear in the PCF file without next launching the client to encrypt it.


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-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Craig
Sent: Tuesday, November 08, 2005 10:14 AM
Subject: [VPN] Cisco VPN client .pcf file security hole


I have a security problem with a .pcf file that Cisco VPN client uses.
Being this file is easy to hack to get the password for the outside
network, is there a way to mask it so that a decoder cannot reveal the
password. Our vpn is thru a PIX515E firewall and if there is a way to
set passwords for individual users. Any feedback will be appredciated.


Craig Rothman
IT/Network Administrator

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