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KaZaA Media Desktop discloses username to remote users

Vulnerability Note VU#315227

Original Release Date: 2003-10-30 | Last Revised: 2003-10-30

Overview

The usernames disclosed by the KaZaA Media Desktop peer-to-peer file sharing application do not present a security vulnerability.

Description

The KaZaA Media Desktop is a peer-to-peer file sharing application that allows users to search for and download files from other KaZaA users. This product allegedly contains a security vulnerability that allows remote users to obtain the KaZaA username of other users by establishing a telnet connection to port 1214 of a machine running KaZaA. After researching this application to learn more about its operation, the CERT/CC believes that this transmission of username information is both intentional and entirely benign.

Impact

The usernames disclosed by this application do not present a security vulnerability.

Solution

Users who do not wish to share username information with other users should refrain from using peer-to-peer utilities.

Vendor Information

315227
 
Affected   Unknown   Unaffected

KaZaA

Updated:  September 27, 2001

Status

  Not Vulnerable

Vendor Statement

No statement is currently available from the vendor regarding this vulnerability.

Vendor Information

The vendor has not provided us with any further information regarding this vulnerability.

Addendum

The CERT/CC has no additional comments at this time.

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CVSS Metrics

Group Score Vector
Base N/A N/A
Temporal N/A N/A
Environmental N/A

References

Credit

This document was written by Jeffrey P. Lanza.

Other Information

CVE IDs: None
Date Public: 2001-08-29
Date First Published: 2003-10-30
Date Last Updated: 2003-10-30 22:11 UTC
Document Revision: 4

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