Pidgin stores passwords in plain text

Bug #226974 reported by Brewster Malevich on 2008-05-05
This bug affects 5 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
Won't Fix
pidgin (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Binary package hint: pidgin


This file has unencrypted passphrases for all the accounts used in Pidgin. Isn't this a security risk?

description: updated
Magnus S (magnuss) wrote :

Yes, thats a security issue.

Changed in pidgin:
status: New → Confirmed
Julian Alarcon (alarconj) wrote :

Mentioned again here:

I check my accounts and I can't belive it.. Plain text, anyone can read this info, take control of, for example.. my Gmail account -> Launchpad -> Google Reader -> University Account -> Microbloggins -> Private Works -> etc..

Please fix this bug, here is one fix for that:

Julian Alarcon (alarconj) wrote :

Las idea from brainstorm is a duplicate of:

Please take care of this.

Magnus S (magnuss) wrote :

Thanks for the ping Julián.

Upstream doesn't seem to be interested in fixing this. Read
There is also a patch in

Changed in pidgin:
status: Unknown → Won't Fix
Changed in pidgin (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
Hadmut Danisch (hadmut) wrote :

Any progress? Any intention to move to a more secure messenger?

Jamie Strandboge (jdstrand) wrote :

Upstream has indicated in their bug that they will not fix this. As we will not diverge fro upstream on this point, closing as "Won't Fix".

Changed in pidgin (Ubuntu):
status: Confirmed → Won't Fix
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