Filezilla password recovery

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Recently I had to recover passwords from a dead windows installation. Be it good or bad, Filezilla stores its passwords in plain text! I was able to get all my sites, but users should be aware that the passwords are in no safe from prying eyes...

The following files are what you need to know about:

filezilla.xml – Stores most recent server info including password in plaintext.
recentservers.xml – Stores all recent server info including password in plaintext.
sitemanager.xml – Stores all saved sites server info including password in plaintext.

These files can usually be found in the following directories:

Windows XP/2K: “C:\Documents and Settings\username\Application Data\FileZilla”
Windows Vista: “C:\Users\username\AppData\Roaming\FileZilla\”
Linux: “/home/username/.filezilla/”

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