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Protected Storage

, 23 Feb 2004
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This program wil reveal Outlook Passwords, Deleted Outlook Account passwords, IE:Password-Protected sites passwords, MSN Explorer Signup passwords, IE AutoComplete Passwords, IE Auto Complete Fields , and in 9x it will show the cached dialup passwords


Passwords are stored using Protected Storage in Windows 2k and XP. This program will reveal :-

  1. Outlook Passwords
  2. Deleted Outlook Account passwords
  3. IE : Password-Protected sites passwords
  4. MSN Explorer Signup passwords
  5. IE AutoComplete Passwords
  6. IE Auto Complete Fields in 9x it will show the cached dialup passwords


There is a tool called Protected storage Explorer at CodeProject itself but it does not have source code. I tried to do what this program does by looking at that tool without any source code - lol - and that tool helped me to do this program.

Using the code

This Program first enumerates the outlook accounts from registry located at HKEY_CURRENT_USER\\Software\\Microsoft\\Internet Account Manager\\Accounts first and then storing it in a structure.

SMTP Password2 - this string value contains the corresponding ItemName of protected storage data password of that account, then it continues enumerating the protected storage; loads the pstorec.dll and gets the address of function "PStoreCreateInstance". Then it calls PStoreCreateInstance to get an instance of IPStore, then it will enumerate the protected storage passwords. It will also enumerate cashed passwords in Win 9x.


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AnswerRe: What About ... Pin
Y_R22-Sep-05 3:45
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GeneralRe: What About ... Pin
Jeroen-bart Engelen23-Sep-05 0:04
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GeneralRe: What About ... Pin
Y_R24-Sep-05 1:31
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GeneralRe: What About ... Pin
Jeroen-bart Engelen24-Sep-05 3:52
memberJeroen-bart Engelen24-Sep-05 3:52 
About the encryption Outlook uses? I wish I knew. The reason I came across this project right here is because I'm trying to find out for a project. There are programs that can retrieve the Outlook password (or so they claim, I've never been able to test them because the trial versions don't allow any password over 3 characters to be recovered), but I have not seen any source code that can do that. I assume Outlook uses the Windows crypto API, but then we still need to know what key they use for the encryption.
GeneralRe: What About ... Pin
Y_R26-Sep-05 13:25
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GeneralRe: What About ... Pin
Jeroen-bart Engelen27-Sep-05 4:57
memberJeroen-bart Engelen27-Sep-05 4:57 
GeneralCompiled demo doesn't work Pin
RaulBove25-Feb-04 5:24
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GeneralRe: Compiled demo doesn't work Pin
ccache3-Sep-04 9:34
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GeneralRe: Compiled demo doesn't work Pin
BugMeNotFTW12-Jun-10 20:58
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GeneralWhy I Gave It a 2 Pin
Johann Gerell24-Feb-04 21:59
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