Feeds

Limewire patches serious snooping bugs

P2P app bug leaves everything up for grabs

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

Limewire users need to update their software following the discovery of a brace of vulnerabilities that could allow snoops to spy on any file on a computer running vulnerable versions of the popular P2P file-trading software. The pair of security bugs, reported in Limewire versions 3.9.6 through 4.6.0 (for Windows), allows an intruder to read files outside shared directories whenever a target logs onto P2P networks.

The security glitch applies to free and paid versions of the program, on all operating systems for which it is available. Windows users are urged to update to version 4.8 of the package to guard against exploitation. Mac users should upgrade to version 4.0.10.

The security bugs were discovered by researchers at Cornell University while working on a new application, called Credence, designed to help Limewire users to avoid corrupt or damaged files using a rating system. In the process they discovered a pair of vulnerabilities, only one of which (an input validation error in the handling of "magnet" requests that opens the door to directory traversal attacks) can be defeated by a firewall. A second flaw - involving an input validation error in the HTTP handling - allows attackers to punch through firewall defences. Both security bugs can be exploited without special tools.

Limewire, a popular client for the Gnutella file sharing network, has been downloaded an estimated 36 million times. ®

Related stories

BPI nails 'music pirates'
Popular file-share utilities contain Trojans
Classified Dutch military documents found on P2P site

Intelligent flash storage arrays

More from The Register

next story
Regin: The super-spyware the security industry has been silent about
NSA fingered as likely source of complex malware family
Why did it take antivirus giants YEARS to drill into super-scary Regin? Symantec responds...
FYI this isn't just going to target Windows, Linux and OS X fans
Privacy bods offer GOV SPY VICTIMS a FREE SPYWARE SNIFFER
Looks for gov malware that evades most antivirus
Home Office: Fancy flogging us some SECRET SPY GEAR?
If you do, tell NOBODY what it's for or how it works
HACKERS can DELETE SURVEILLANCE DVRS remotely – report
Hikvision devices wide open to hacking, claim securobods
'Regin': The 'New Stuxnet' spook-grade SOFTWARE WEAPON described
'A degree of technical competence rarely seen'
Syrian Electronic Army in news site 'hack' POP-UP MAYHEM
Gigya redirect exploit blamed for pop-rageous ploy
Astro-boffins start opening universe simulation data
Got a supercomputer? Want to simulate a universe? Here you go
prev story

Whitepapers

Seattle children’s accelerates Citrix login times by 500% with cross-tier insight
Seattle Children’s is a leading research hospital with a large and growing Citrix XenDesktop deployment. See how they used ExtraHop to accelerate launch times.
Getting started with customer-focused identity management
Learn why identity is a fundamental requirement to digital growth, and how without it there is no way to identify and engage customers in a meaningful way.
Why CIOs should rethink endpoint data protection in the age of mobility
Assessing trends in data protection, specifically with respect to mobile devices, BYOD, and remote employees.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Website security in corporate America
Find out how you rank among other IT managers testing your website's vulnerabilities.