CNN ADS Open Redirect Security Vulnerability

CNN ADS Open Redirect Security Vulnerability 

Based on news published, CNN users were hacked by both Open Redirect vulnerability in 2007.
According to E Hacker News on June 06, 2013, (@BreakTheSec) came across a diet spam campaign that leverages the open redirect vulnerability in one of the top News organization CNN.
“The tweet apparently shows cyber criminals managed to leverage the open redirect security flaw in the CNN to redirect twitter users to the Diet spam websites.” (E hacker News)

After the attack, CNN takes measures to detect Open Redirect vulnerabilities. The measure is quite good during the tests. Almost no links are vulnerable to Open Redirect attack on CNN’s website, now. It takes long time to find a new Open Redirect vulnerability that is un-patched on its website.



Vulnerability Description:
CNN has a security problem. It is vulnerable to Open Redirect attacks.
The vulnerability occurs at “” page with “&Redirect” parameter, i.e.
The vulnerability can be attacked without user login. Tests were performed on Chrome 32 in Windows 8 and Safari 6.16 in Mac OS X v10.7.


(1) Use the following tests to illustrate the scenario painted above.
The redirected webpage address is ““. Suppose that this webpage is malicious.
Vulnerable URL:

(2) Poc Video:

Those vulnerabilities were reported to CNN in early July by Contact from Here.


Reported by:
Wang Jing, School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

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