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Bug 19231 - vncviewer (under X) shows password in the clear
vncviewer (under X) shows password in the clear
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: XFree86 (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Mike A. Harris
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: 38968 42870 (view as bug list)
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Reported: 2000-10-17 01:46 EDT by Jon Benson
Modified: 2008-05-01 11:37 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2001-04-05 05:15:40 EDT
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Here's my patch. (764 bytes, patch)
2000-10-18 12:03 EDT, Tim Waugh
no flags Details | Diff

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Description Jon Benson 2000-10-17 01:46:54 EDT
When using vncviewer (under X) as provided by the vnc-3.3.3r1-9 package and
connecting to a server the password is shown as it is being typed in.

This does not occur from the command line version of the application and
did not occur with a binary I had been using.

NOTE: This is intentionally lodged under a bogus component as bugzilla
wouldn't allow me to enter it under "vnc" and vnc does not appear in the
selection list.
Comment 1 Bernhard Rosenkraenzer 2000-10-17 04:47:05 EDT
The vnc component is still in powertools despite the fact that vnc was moved to
the distribution...
Assigning to powertools/vnc and killing the bugzilla admin. ;)
Comment 2 Tim Waugh 2000-10-17 05:15:27 EDT
(for the component issue, see bug #19136)

I can reproduce this.
Comment 3 Tim Waugh 2000-10-17 17:57:44 EDT
I'm pretty sure this is an Xaw bug.
Comment 4 Tim Waugh 2000-10-18 12:02:37 EDT
I've hacked Xaw so that it gives the same behaviour as it used to.  But I don't
know much about programming for X, so someone should look at it and replace the
duct tape with a proper fix.
Comment 5 Tim Waugh 2000-10-18 12:03:05 EDT
Created attachment 4347 [details]
Here's my patch.
Comment 6 Tim Waugh 2001-04-05 05:15:36 EDT
Xaw3d doesn't have this problem, incidentally.  I guess a hacky work-around 
for VNC would be to just get vncviewer to use Xaw3d instead of Xaw. :-(
Comment 7 Mike A. Harris 2001-04-16 03:05:40 EDT
Patch added to XFree86-4.0.3-9
Comment 8 Tim Waugh 2001-05-03 17:52:17 EDT
*** Bug 38968 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 9 Tim Waugh 2001-05-30 09:54:12 EDT
*** Bug 42870 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***

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