Encrypted pages are cached unencrypted

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16 Feb, 2019 12:00 AM

I just noticed that the pages of my encrypted VoodooPad document also exist as unencrypted copies with the file type .vpspotlight in Library/Caches/Metadata/VoodooPad

As the cached pages are indexed by Spotlight a Finder search for "bank" (for example) will locate the cached unencrypted copy of the VoodooPad page with my bank details which can then be opened and read in TextEdit.

I'm running VoodooPad 5.3.0 on a MacBook Pro (Retina 13", early 2015) with OS 10.14.3

  1. 1 Posted by Marcus on 28 Mar, 2019 01:32 PM

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    Jesus---this is a major security hole!!

    Primate Labs, are you going to release a fix for this anytime soon???

    Can you tell us when we can expect the fix to be available?

  2. Support Staff 2 Posted by John on 04 Apr, 2019 03:38 AM

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    We've looked into this issue and are unable to reproduce it on our systems. The VoodooPad Spotlight plugin should not be able to read encrypted documents as it executes in a separate process.

    Hawfinch, was the document always encrypted? Do you recall what versions of VoodooPad have opened that document on your Mac? Do you store the document password in your keychain?

  3. 3 Posted by Hawfinch on 04 Apr, 2019 03:18 PM

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    Hi John,

    The document has always been encrypted since I started using it (about 2 years ago) on this MacBook. I've always kept VoodooPad up to date, so all previous versions going back 2 years would have opened it on this Mac. Before that, I was using the document on another Mac going back to 2012.

    The password is not in Keychain or anywhere else on my Mac.

    Some further info. I store the document in my Dropbox folder for syncing. Today I created a new page in the encrypted document, and within seconds the page appeared (unencrypted) as a .vpspotlight file in Username/Library/Caches/Metadata/VoodooPad

    It looks very much like Spotlight is able to see and cache the contents of open tabs in VoodooPad.

  4. Support Staff 4 Posted by John on 07 Apr, 2019 04:23 AM

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    Thank you for the additional information. I'll continue to investigate, and I will let you know if I have any additional questions.

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