If at first you don't succeed; call it version 1.0
Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Today, Thor exposed a way to execute code from remote, if you have both IE and Firefox installed on your machine.

This is done by cross application scripting. He used an iframe in IE which refers to a protocol handler that was registered by Firefox, in order to open the latter browser and inject a script in an elevated privileges (chrome) mode.

Now the question is, whose fault is it? Is it an Internet Explorer problem or a Firefox problem?

Well, past experience shows that this is not the first time IE suffered from cross application scripting. Inge Henriksen demonstrated a way to attach arbitrary files to outlook messages using IE and cross application scripting.

Thor himself found a remote code execution vulnerability in Safari for Windows using cross application scripting.

Lately, I've noticed that it is possible to shutdown Skype from remote, in the same way:

 
<iframe src='skype:" /shutdown'></iframe>
 

An online PoC can be found here (be careful, clicking this link will also close all your opened Skype chat sessions!)

Back to the IE/FF problem. So, who should to fix this issue? I think both.

Mozilla should fix the way they register the "FirefoxURL:" protocol handler, and Microsoft should sanitize the parameters they pass to external applications.

What do you think?


Tuesday, July 10, 2007 7:57:34 PM UTC | Comments [2] | Security#
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