Accounts.xml stores passwords in plain text.

Billy Crook billycrook at
Mon Dec 17 14:35:57 EST 2007

How else would you like to store your passwords?

Before you say "encrypt them" think about what that would mean.
Pidgin must present the actual passwords to your chat server, not some
encrypted blob.  Further, most chat protocols themselves don't encrypt
your passwords during transit, so encrypting them on the disk won't do
any good.

Consider using LUKS, and strong but different volume and login
passwords if you actually *want* to protect the information on your

On Dec 17, 2007 1:14 PM,  <bigblueguy at> wrote:
> The file accounts.xml stores passwords in plain text.  Is this going to be
> changed?  This could potentially be a security issue.
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