WinSCP Session Password Decryption - Part 2

Posted on 20 February 2015 in Blog • Tagged with security, reverse-engineering, cryptography

After this old article got some more attention recently, I decided to give this subject another shot.

The old C++ code was messy and the result of copying together the right WinSCP source code to create a deobfuscator.
This time I decided to implement the same script in Python, adding the feature to read the newest values from this machine’s registry, because I am pretty sure that this is the most common use case.

Here it goes:

The usage is much easier this time:

usage: [-h] [--hostname HOSTNAME] [--username USERNAME]
                          [--hash HASH]

Deobfuscate WinSCP password, using info either from registry (if no arguments
are given) or from the command line.

optional arguments:
  -h, --help           show this help message and exit
  --hostname HOSTNAME  HostName
  --username USERNAME  UserName
  --hash HASH          Password

Again: I hope that this will help someone, have fun!

(Fun fact for those of you who are using FileZilla: FileZilla stores the plain-text password in %APPDATA%/FileZilla/sitemanager.xml)

Reversing the WinSCP session password encryption

Posted on 23 December 2012 in Blog • Tagged with security, reverse-engineering, cryptography

Edit: this article has been superseeded by a newer version, implemented in Phython: WinSCP session password decryption - Part 2

So today I decided to access my web hosting account via scp from my Linux partition. But of course, I had forgotten my password! So I used the “Offline NT Password & Registry Editor” to extract the necessary settings (from Windows 7 partition):

Open the file


and inside regedit navigate (via “cd”) to

\Software\Martin Prikryl\WinSCP 2\Sessions\<SessionName>

From this key, you need the values “Password” (only possible if saved, very long string), “Host” and “UserName”.

Finally I reverse engineered the WinSCP source code, which was especially hard because it origins in Delphi, where all strings and arrays are 1-based. My final decrypter code:

Usage (using the values from the registry key):

./decrypter HostName UserName Password

I hope that this will save someone elses time, too!