Mozilla Online Website Two Sub-Domains XSS (Cross-site Scripting) Bugs ( All URLs Under the Two Domains)

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Domains:
http://lxr.mozilla.org/
http://mxr.mozilla.org/
(The two domains above are almost the same)

 

Websites information:
“lxr.mozilla.org, mxr.mozilla.org are cross references designed to display the Mozilla source code. The sources displayed are those that are currently checked in to the mainline of the mozilla.org CVS server, Mercurial Server, and Subversion Server; these pages are updated many times a day, so they should be pretty close to the latest‑and‑greatest.” (from Mozilla)

“Mozilla is a free-software community which produces the Firefox web browser. The Mozilla community uses, develops, spreads and supports Mozilla products, thereby promoting exclusively free software and open standards, with only minor exceptions. The community is supported institutionally by the Mozilla Foundation and its tax-paying subsidiary, the Mozilla Corporation. In addition to the Firefox browser, Mozilla also produces Thunderbird, Firefox Mobile, the Firefox OS mobile operating system, the bug tracking system Bugzilla and a number of other projects.” (Wikipedia)

 

 

 

(1) Vulnerability description:
Mozilla website has a computer cyber security problem. Hacker can attack it by XSS bugs. Here is the description of XSS: “Hackers are constantly experimenting with a wide repertoire of hacking techniques to compromise websites and web applications and make off with a treasure trove of sensitive data including credit card numbers, social security numbers and even medical records. Cross-site Scripting (also known as XSS or CSS) is generally believed to be one of the most common application layer hacking techniques Cross-site Scripting allows an attacker to embed malicious JavaScript, VBScript, ActiveX, HTML, or Flash into a vulnerable dynamic page to fool the user, executing the script on his machine in order to gather data. The use of XSS might compromise private information, manipulate or steal cookies, create requests that can be mistaken for those of a valid user, or execute malicious code on the end-user systems. The data is usually formatted as a hyperlink containing malicious content and which is distributed over any possible means on the internet.” (Acunetix)

 

 

All pages under the following two URLs are vulnerable.
http://lxr.mozilla.org/mozilla-central/source
http://mxr.mozilla.org/mozilla-central/source

This means all URLs under the above two domains can be used for XSS attacks targeting Mozilla’s users.

Since there are large number of pages under them. Meanwhile, the contents of the two domains vary. This makes the vulnerability very dangerous. Attackers can use different URLs to design XSS attacks to Mozilla’s variety class of users.

 

 

mozilla_lxr_2_xss

 
 

mozilla_mxr_1_xss

 

 

 

POC Codes:

http://lxr.mozilla.org/mozilla-central/source/<body onload=prompt(“justqdjing”)>

http://mxr.mozilla.org/mozilla-central/source/<body onload=prompt(“justqdjing”)>

http://mxr.mozilla.org/mozilla-central/source/webapprt/<body onload=prompt(“justqdjing”)>

 

(2) Vulnerability Analysis:
Take the following link as an example,
http://lxr.mozilla.org/mozilla-central/source/chrome/<attacktest&gt;

In the page reflected, it contains the following codes.

<a href=”/mozilla-central/source/chrome/%253Cattacktest%253E”>

<attacktest></attacktest>

</a>

If insert “<body onload=prompt(“justqdjing”)>” into the URL, the code can be executed.

The vulnerability can be attacked without user login. Tests were performed on Firefox (26.0) in Ubuntu (12.04) and IE (9.0.15) in Windows 7.

 

 

(3) Vulnerability Disclosure:
The vulnerability have been reported to bugzilla.mozilla.org. Mozilla are dealing with this issue.

 


Discovered and Reported by:
Wang Jing, Division of Mathematical Sciences (MAS), School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences (SPMS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. (@justqdjing)
http://www.tetraph.com/wangjing/

 

 

More Details:
http://lists.openwall.net/full-disclosure/2014/10/20/8
http://static-173-79-223-25.washdc.fios.verizon.net/?l=full-disclosure
http://seclists.org/fulldisclosure/2014/Oct/92
http://www.tetraph.com/blog/xss-vulnerability/mozilla-xss
http://whitehatview.tumblr.com/post/101466861221/mozilla-mozilla
http://tetraph.blog.163.com/blog/static/2346030512014101115642885/
http://computerobsess.blogspot.com/2014/10/mozilla-mozillaorg-two-sub-domains.html
https://tetraph.wordpress.com/2014/11/26/mozilla-two-sub-domains-xss
http://tetraph.blogspot.com/2014/10/mozilla-mozillaorg-two-sub-domains.html
http://itsecurity.lofter.com/post/1cfbf9e7_54fc68f
http://whitehatview.tumblr.com/post/103540568486/two-of-mozillas-cross
http://diebiyi.com/articles/security/xss-vulnerability/mozilla-xss
http://www.inzeed.com/kaleidoscope/xss-vulnerability/mozilla-xss
https://mathfas.wordpress.com/2014/11/01/mozilla-xss
http://www.tetraph.com/blog/xss-vulnerability/mozilla-xss
http://permalink.gmane.org/gmane.comp.security.fulldisclosure/1121

All Links in Two Topics of Indiatimes (indiatimes.com) Are Vulnerable to XSS (Cross Site Scripting) Attacks

 
 
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(1) Domain Description:
http://www.indiatimes.com

“The Times of India (TOI) is an Indian English-language daily newspaper. It is the third-largest newspaper in India by circulation and largest selling English-language daily in the world according to Audit Bureau of Circulations (India). According to the Indian Readership Survey (IRS) 2012, the Times of India is the most widely read English newspaper in India with a readership of 7.643 million. This ranks the Times of India as the top English daily in India by readership. It is owned and published by Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd. which is owned by the Sahu Jain family. In the Brand Trust Report 2012, Times of India was ranked 88th among India’s most trusted brands and subsequently, according to the Brand Trust Report 2013, Times of India was ranked 100th among India’s most trusted brands. In 2014 however, Times of India was ranked 174th among India’s most trusted brands according to the Brand Trust Report 2014, a study conducted by Trust Research Advisory.” (en.Wikipedia.org)

 

 

 

(2) Vulnerability description:

The web application indiatimes.com online website has a security problem. Hacker can exploit it by XSS bugs.

 

The code flaw occurs at Indiatimes’s URL links. Indiatimes only filter part of the filenames in its website. All URLs under Indiatimes’s “photogallery” and “top-llists” topics are affected.

Indiatimes uses part of the links under “photogallery” and “top-llists” topics to construct its website content without any checking of those links at all. This mistake is very popular in nowaday websites. Developer is not security expert.

The vulnerability can be attacked without user login. Tests were performed on Mozilla Firefox (26.0) in Ubuntu (12.04) and Microsoft IE (9.0.15) in Windows 7.

 

 

indiatimes_xss_2

 

indiatimes_xss1

 

 

POC Codes:

http://www.indiatimes.com/photogallery/“>homeqingdao<img src=x onerror=prompt(‘justqdjing’)>

http://www.indiatimes.com/top-lists/“>singaporemanagementuniversity<img src=x onerror=prompt(‘justqdjing’)>

http://www.indiatimes.com/photogallery/lifestyle/“>astar<img src=x onerror=prompt(‘justqdjing’)>

http://www.indiatimes.com/top-lists/technology/“>nationaluniversityofsingapore<img src=x onerror=prompt(‘justqdjing’)>

 

 

 

 

What is XSS?

“Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) attacks are a type of injection, in which malicious scripts are injected into otherwise benign and trusted web sites. XSS attacks occur when an attacker uses a web application to send malicious code, generally in the form of a browser side script, to a different end user. Flaws that allow these attacks to succeed are quite widespread and occur anywhere a web application uses input from a user within the output it generates without validating or encoding it.” (OWASP)

 

 

 

(3) Vulnerability Disclosure:

The vulnerabilities were reported to Indiatimes in early September, 2014. However they are still unpatched.

Discovered and Reported by:
Wang Jing, Division of Mathematical Sciences (MAS), School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences (SPMS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. (@justqdjing)
http://www.tetraph.com/wangjing/

 

 

 

 

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http://lists.openwall.net/full-disclosure/2014/11/27/6
http://permalink.gmane.org/gmane.comp.security.fulldisclosure/1256
https://progressive-comp.com/?l=full-disclosure&m=141705615327961&w=1
http://tetraph.blog.163.com/blog/static/234603051201501352218524/
https://cxsecurity.com/issue/WLB-2014120004
https://mathfas.wordpress.com/2014/12/04/all-links-in-two-topics-of-indiatimes
http://diebiyi.com/articles/security/all-links-in-two-topics-of-indiatimes
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http://itsecurity.lofter.com/post/1cfbf9e7_54fc6c9
http://computerobsess.blogspot.com/2014/12/all-links-in-two-topics-of-indiatimes.html
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