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AOL Instant Messenger Password Encryption Weakness

Low

Synopsis

The remote host passes information across the network in an insecure manner

Description

The remote host is running AOL Instant Messenger (AIM). Version 1.2 of AIM uses a very weak encryption scheme to protect user passwords. A remote attacker may determine a user's password given only the encrypted form of the password (by sniffing the login process for example).

Solution

Upgrade to the latest version of AOL Instant Messenger.