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Microsoft Plus 98 Exposed Passwords in Compressed Files Vulnerability Patch

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Developer's Description

Plus 98, an optional package that extends Windows 98 and Windows 98 Second Edition, introduced a data-compression feature called Compressed Folders that was also included in Windows Me. For interoperability with leading third-party compression tools, it provides a password protection option for folders that have been compressed. However, due to a flaw in the package s implementation, the passwords used to protect the folders are recorded in a file on the user s system. If an attacker gained access to an affected machine on which password-protected folders were stored, she could learn the passwords and access the files.

The patch will prevent passwords from being written to the user s system in the future. After applying the patch, it is important to also delete c:windowsdynazip.log to ensure that all previously recorded passwords are deleted.

Full Specifications

What's new in version MS01-019 (3/28/01)

General

Release December 5, 2008
Date Added April 19, 2001
Version MS01-019 (3/28/01)

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows, Windows 98
Additional Requirements Windows 98, Microsoft Plus 98

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