Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Geocommons.com admin account hijack

Potato chips, post-it notes, LSD and Viagra - all these things were discovered by accident. As it seems, sometimes great discoveries come by a surprise. I've had my moment of surprise lately. It all started during my research on sites using Cross Origin Resource Sharing. You know me, I just have to check the real-world HTML5 implementations. So there I am, checking sites implementing CORS headers. Geocommons.com is one of them - and this is the story of how geocommons got really common.

GeoCommons is the public community of GeoIQ users who are building an open repository of data and maps for the world. The GeoIQ platform includes a large number of features that empower you to easily access, visualize and analyze your data.

There was a critical vulnerability in geocommons.com website allowing any user to change e-mail address of administrative user and hijack the admin account. According to vendor, vulnerability is now fixed.

HTML5: Something wicked this way comes - HackPra materials

Last week I had a pleasure of giving a lecture talk for HackerPraktikum (HackPra) course at Ruhr-Universit├Ąt Bochum. The talk entitled HTML5: Something wicked this way comes described various HTML5 / UI redressing techniques for attacking websites & Chrome extensions. There is also some unpleasant surprise for Google Chrome to Phone users.

I've just published the slides from the talk:
Courtesy of RUB, there is also a video recording of the talk. 

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Google eBookstore content extraction


Two months ago I discovered UI redressing vulnerability in Google eBookstore. This has been reported to Google and has been quickly fixed. Following is a description of the vulnerability:

tl;drfake captcha on Google eBookstore + how to deal with dynamic line numbers.