Exposing the Secret of Decrypting Opera's Magic Wand -
Exposing the Secret of Decrypting Opera's Magic Wand
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About Opera and its Sign-on Password Store
Opera is one of the fastest web browser available on the net. It supports wide range of operating systems mainly Windows, Linux, Mac and it is also available on the mobile platforms too including iPhone.
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How to Recover Saved Passwords in Opera Browser?

Like other internet browsers such as IE, Firefox etc Opera also stores the username/passwords for websites visited by user. However passwords are stored only if the user opts to save password during authentication. This is very useful feature as it prevents user from hassle of entering password everytime.

Secrets of Opera's Magic Wand
Opera stores all these login passwords in encrypted format in the 'Magic Wand File' called 'Wand.dat' within the profile folder. This profile path is different for different versions of Opera. Here is the Wand file (wand.dat) location for some of the recent versions of Opera.
For Opera Version 10 and above
[Windows NT/2K/2k3/XP]
C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\Application Data\Opera\Opera\wand.dat

[Windows Vista/Windows 7]
For Opera Version less than 10
[Windows NT/2K/2k3/XP]
C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\Application Data\Opera\Opera\profile\wand.dat

[Windows Vista/Windows 7]
Opera stores following information in the password Wand file for each of the stored entry in the following order,
  •  Login URL of website
  •  Main URL of website
  •  Username field ID
  •  Username
  •  Password field ID
  •  Password
All these information are stored in the encrypted format in wand.dat file. Opera uses Triple-DES algorithm along with static salt data to encrypt these secret information.
Decrypting Passwords from Opera Wand File
Most of the information present here is based on the original work of I am putting it in more simple detailed explaination for everyone to understand and decipher the art of decrypting Opera's Magic Wand.

Opera Wand file consists of multiple encrypted blocks for each of the stored password entries. Each such encrypted block mainly consist of following fields,
  •  Size of encrypted block (4 bytes)
  •  DES Key Length ( 1 byte)
  •  DES Key ( 8 bytes)
  •  Size of encrypted data (4 bytes)
  •  Encrypted Data
Opera uses the following static salt data to encrypt each of the secret information.
0x83, 0x7D, 0xFC, 0x0F, 0x8E, 0xB3, 0xE8, 0x69, 0x73, 0xAF, 0xFF
Here are the step by step instructions for decrypting the above encrypted data from each block
  • Retrieve the DES key (8 bytes) for the current encrypted block. Then perform the byte stream with the above opera salt and the retrieved DES key.
  • Now compute the MD5 checksum of this byte stream. The checksum will be stored in the variable md5hash1.
char buffer[256];
DWORD dwBufSize=11+8;
GetMD5Hash((char*)buffer, dwBufSize, (char*)md5hash1, MD5_DIGEST_LENGTH);
  • Next perform another byte stream with md5hash1, opera salt and DES key in that order and compute its MD5 hash. Final checksum will be stored in md5hash2 variable.
char buffer[256];
DWORD dwBufSize=MD5_DIGEST_LENGTH + 11 + 8;
GetMD5Hash((char*) buffer, dwBufSize, (char*)md5hash2, MD5_DIGEST_LENGTH);
  • Now use both the MD5 hashes to create schedule keys for decryption as shown below,
DES_key_schedule key1, key2, key3;

DES_set_key_unchecked((const_DES_cblock *)&md5hash1[0], &key1);

DES_set_key_unchecked((const_DES_cblock *)&md5hash1[8], &key2);

DES_set_key_unchecked((const_DES_cblock *)&md5hash2[0], &key3);
  • Create DES vector component required for decryption using the second MD5 hash,
DES_cblock iVector;
memcpy(iVector, &md5hash2[8], sizeof(DES_cblock));
  • Finally decrypt the encrypted data using Triple DES decryption function
char decryptData[512];
DES_ede3_cbc_encrypt(encryptData, decryptData, dataLength, &key1, &key2, &key3, &iVector, DES_DECRYPT);
On successful execution, the decrypted data will be copied to the decryptData variable in unicode format. You can use WideCharToMultiByte function to convert it back to ascii format.

The decryption related structures and functions mentioned here are part of OpenSSL Crypto library [Reference 1].
Recovering Opera Passwords using Opera Password Decryptor
OperaPasswordDecryptor is the FREE tool to instantly recover the passwords stored by all versions of Opera. Like other internet browsers such as IE, Firefox etc Opera also stores the username/passwords for websites visited by user in the password file (wand.dat) in an encrypted format. OperaPasswordDecryptor can recover all these stored encrypted passwords instantly and present it in a user readable clear text format.
OperaPasswordDecryptor works on wide range of platforms starting from Windows 2000 to latest operating system Windows 7. It is standalone portable tool which does not require any installation and can be run directly on any system.
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