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Fwd: [Interchange-announce] Security advisory

  • From: Matt Clauson
  • Date: Thu Mar 22 20:39:51 2001

Apologies if this is off-topic -- however, I know Interchange is a popular 
vending system, and thought it would be in the best interests of anyone here 
to proactively fix their systems, lest customer data get leaked, ala


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Subject: [Interchange-announce] Security advisory
Date: Thu, 22 Mar 2001 19:20:21 -0600 (CST)
From: Jon Jensen <>

A serious security vulnerability has been found in the default
installation of the Interchange demo stores 'barry', 'basic', and
'construct' distributed in Interchange versions 4.5.3 through 4.6.3.

Using a group login that had no password set by default, it is possible to
log in to the back-end administration area and view and alter products,
orders, and customer information.

If you set up a store based on one of those demos and did not remove all
default user and group accounts, you should immediately make the following

In all installed catalog directories, as well as the catalog templates in
the Interchange software directory, edit the products/access.asc file,

changing this line:

to look like this:

As with all other Interchange database source files, the placement of the
tabs is significant.

You could also simply delete that line altogether.

Make sure to restart Interchange so your change takes effect.

This problem has been fixed in Interchange 4.6.4, to be released shortly.
As well as blocking password access on that group, there are now also
tighter checks on login attempts. Group logins, user names with invalid
characters, and blank passwords will all be rejected without consulting
the access database.

Many thanks to Jud Harris <> for finding and
reporting this problem on the interchange-users list:


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