Posts tagged: Cross Site Scripting

Nov 28 2012

Yahoo Account Exploit Selling on Black Market

Yahoo ExploitYahoo is investigating the claims of a hacker who is selling an exploit that apparently hijacks Yahoo mail accounts.

The exploit, being sold for $700 by an Egyptian hacker on an exclusive cybercrime forum, targets a cross-site scripting (XSS) weakness in yahoo.com that lets attackers steal cookies from Yahoo! Webmail users.

Such a flaw would let attackers send or read email from the victim’s account. In a typical XSS attack, an attacker sends a malicious link to an unsuspecting user; if the user clicks the link, the script is executed, and can access cookies, session tokens or other sensitive information retained by the browser and used with that site. These scripts can even rewrite the content of the HTML page.

Demonstrating an apparent flair for marketing, the hacker, under the alias “TheHell” also posted a video on YouTube, providing a demo for potential customers. He claims it works with all browsers and does not require a bypass of XSS filters in either Chrome or Internet Explorer. He also says the exploit will be sold only to trusted individuals who are not likely to turn it over to Yahoo, which would undoubtedly develop a patch that will foil the attack.

“TheHell” claims that his exploit attacks a “stored” XSS flaw. This type of attack injects a code that is permanently stored on targeted servers until it is found and deleted. The malicious code is then passed to the victim’s machine when that particular server is accessed for legitimate download.

A standard phishing attempt is used to access the user’s cookies, from which the attacker can access the person’s email, or take full control of the account.

As of Tuesday morning, Yahoo was in the process of trying to identify the infected URL. Once the identification is successful, the malicious portion of code will be deleted.

Jan 12 2011

Excess2 – Webmail XSS Tester

Here is a script to automate testing of webmail systems for cross-site scripting. It uses XSS Cheat Sheet to generate the injection strings. Compared to the previous version this version downloads XSS cheat sheet on the fly (instead of having it hard-coded) and supports SMTP authentication.

Name:
excess2 – A script for testing webmail systems for cross-site scripting problems.

Description:
This script sends a number of HTML-formatted email messages to a specified email address. In order to test a webmail system you need to have an email account on the system, run this script to send messages to that account, and then view the received messages through the webmail interface. If you get a popup box saying “XSS!” it means that your webmail system failed to block the attack.

Try viewing the messages in several different browsers, including Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox. Some attacks work in one browser, but don’t work in another.

The script downloads RSnake’s XSS Cheat sheet from http://ha.ckers.org/xssAttacks.xml. This way we always have the latest and greatest XSS attacks. Thanks, RSnake.

Options:
-t you@webmail.example.com The destination email address
-f return-address@example.com From email address. Replies and
rejects will go to that address.
-s mymailserver.example.com SMTP server to use for sending
messages.
-u SMTP server username (if it requires authentication)
-p SMTP server password (if it requires authentication)

Download: Excess2