[MUD-Dev] Re: OT: ICQ hacks and exploits

Mike Sellers mike at bignetwork.com
Fri Jun 5 10:09:01 New Zealand Standard Time 1998

Interesting.  One wonders whether the much-rumored $300M sale of ICQ to AOL
will change this situation (not to mention exemplifying the business model
of the '90s :-) ). =20

At 09:23 AM 6/5/98 -0700, J C Lawrence wrote:
>Due to the number of ICQ users we have here:
>Date: 4 Jun 1998 21:49:09 -0000
>From: announce-outgoing at rootshell.com
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>Subject: [rootshell] Security Bulletin #19
>An archive of this list is available at :
>01. ICQ Hijaak
>- --------------
>As of 6/3/98 Mirabilis has disabled the ability to change your password at
>all.  The purpose of this bulletin is to alert all ICQ users of the dangers
>in the ICQ protocol.  Rootshell now has 4 unique exploits for the ICQ
>protocol online at www.rootshell.com.
>- --
>Date:         Sun, 31 May 1998 16:46:20 -0700
>From:         wumpus at INNOCENT.COM
>Subject:      ICQ Hijaaking.. Is YOUR account safe?
>The source code here pretty much says it all.  Mirabilis has been extremely
>negligent in fixing protocol holes, and this allows accounts to be=
>with possible leaks of information.
>Merely by leaving your ICQ application logged in ( Java _or_ Win32 ) your
>account can be hijaaked (the password changed withoyt knowing the=
>An attacker can then use that account to obtain information from people
>contacting you, or to do other inappropriate things which would result in
>the account being terminated.
>I have given Mirabilis fair warning of this attack, and talked with Arik
>about what was necessary to fix it.  Unfortunately, with the last four
>this has not been put into place.  It would seem the only way to fix such
>grave problems with their protocol is to air it in the public arena.
>There are no real workarounds for this problem, although there are some
>obvious workarounds to this exploit (left to the reader).  If you value=
>ICQ account, do not log into it until a fix is available.  Otherwise, you
>can hope no one bothers to hit your UIN --- there are a huge number and you
>might be lucky.
>...full source code of exploit deletia...
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