SFTP credentials exposure

Anandhu Krishnan
Published on
20 Dec 2021


On this web server, a file containing SFTP/FTP connection credentials was discovered.

Some SFTP/FTP clients save SFTP/FTP connection information in text files, such as hostname, username, and password. Sublime SFTP, for example, creates a file called sftp-config.json, while FileZilla saves the information in a file called recentservers.xml.

Mitigation measures

Restrict access to this file or remove it from the webserver.

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Written by
Anandhu Krishnan
Anandhu Krishnan
Lead Engineer
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