CVE Vulnerabilities


Cleartext Transmission of Sensitive Information

Published: Feb 16, 2012 | Modified: Apr 16, 2020
CVSS 3.x
CVSS 2.x

translate/ in Google Chrome before 17.0.963.56 and 19.x before 19.0.1036.7 uses an HTTP session to exchange data for translation, which allows remote attackers to obtain sensitive information by sniffing the network.


The product transmits sensitive or security-critical data in cleartext in a communication channel that can be sniffed by unauthorized actors.

Affected Software

Name Vendor Start Version End Version
Chrome Google * *
Chrome Google 19.0 *
Chromium-browser Ubuntu devel *
Chromium-browser Ubuntu lucid *
Chromium-browser Ubuntu maverick *
Chromium-browser Ubuntu natty *
Chromium-browser Ubuntu oneiric *
Chromium-browser Ubuntu precise *
Chromium-browser Ubuntu quantal *
Chromium-browser Ubuntu raring *
Chromium-browser Ubuntu saucy *
Chromium-browser Ubuntu trusty *
Chromium-browser Ubuntu utopic *
Chromium-browser Ubuntu vivid *
Chromium-browser Ubuntu wily *
Chromium-browser Ubuntu xenial *
Chromium-browser Ubuntu yakkety *
Qtwebkit-source Ubuntu devel *
Qtwebkit-source Ubuntu esm-apps/xenial *
Qtwebkit-source Ubuntu maverick *
Qtwebkit-source Ubuntu natty *
Qtwebkit-source Ubuntu oneiric *
Qtwebkit-source Ubuntu precise *
Qtwebkit-source Ubuntu quantal *
Qtwebkit-source Ubuntu raring *
Qtwebkit-source Ubuntu saucy *
Qtwebkit-source Ubuntu trusty *
Qtwebkit-source Ubuntu utopic *
Qtwebkit-source Ubuntu vivid *
Qtwebkit-source Ubuntu wily *
Qtwebkit-source Ubuntu xenial *
Qtwebkit-source Ubuntu yakkety *
Webkit Ubuntu hardy *
Webkit Ubuntu lucid *
Webkit Ubuntu maverick *
Webkit Ubuntu natty *
Webkit Ubuntu oneiric *
Webkit Ubuntu precise *
Webkit Ubuntu quantal *
Webkit Ubuntu raring *
Webkit Ubuntu saucy *
Webkitgtk Ubuntu utopic *
Webkitgtk Ubuntu vivid *

Extended Description

Many communication channels can be “sniffed” (monitored) by adversaries during data transmission. For example, in networking, packets can traverse many intermediary nodes from the source to the destination, whether across the internet, an internal network, the cloud, etc. Some actors might have privileged access to a network interface or any link along the channel, such as a router, but they might not be authorized to collect the underlying data. As a result, network traffic could be sniffed by adversaries, spilling security-critical data. Applicable communication channels are not limited to software products. Applicable channels include hardware-specific technologies such as internal hardware networks and external debug channels, supporting remote JTAG debugging. When mitigations are not applied to combat adversaries within the product’s threat model, this weakness significantly lowers the difficulty of exploitation by such adversaries. When full communications are recorded or logged, such as with a packet dump, an adversary could attempt to obtain the dump long after the transmission has occurred and try to “sniff” the cleartext from the recorded communications in the dump itself.

Potential Mitigations