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Web Browsers vulnerable to the Extended HTML Form Attack

by Nikola Strahija on February 7th, 2002 A malicious user can create a form which is submitted by the victim (automatically using Active Scripting or manually using Social Engineering). This form can cause a non-HTTP service to echo back JavaScript commands which in turn allow the malicious user to steal the cookie for that domain. There are more uses for this attack, other than just stealing cookies.


Effects:
Internet Explorer 6 and older versions
Opera 6.0 and older versions


Severity:
Allows stealing of cookies, penetration of internal networks and other evil
stuff.

Author:
Obscure^
[ [email protected] ]

Vendor Status:
Internet Explorer - Informed [email protected] and worked with them to
release a patch. Should be out soon.
Opera - Worked with the Opera team. A fix is due next release.


Web:

http://eyeonsecurity.net/papers/ - Extended HTML Form Attack


Background.

Many web browsers such as Internet Explorer allow forms to be submitted to
non-HTTP services. Some non-HTTP
services echo back the information sent, and the web browser renders the
echo as an HTML page, regardless
of the protocol behind the service.


Problem.

A malicious user can create a form which is submitted by the victim
(automatically using Active Scripting
or manually using Social Engineering). This form can cause a non-HTTP
service to echo back JavaScript commands
which in turn allow the malicious user to steal the cookie for that domain.
There are more uses for this attack, other than just stealing cookies.


Exploit Example.

available at http://eyeonsecurity.net/advisories/showMyCookie.html




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