Feeds

eBay redirection ruse reloaded

18 month-old security flaw still remains unfixed

Using blade systems to cut costs and sharpen efficiencies

A redirection script error on eBay's site remains open to abuse 18 months after The Register first reported it.

The flaw - actively exploited in phishing scams since February 2005 - creates a means to make fraudulent emails look more convincing.

Shortly after publishing a report on the problem, eBay assured us that it had plugged the hole. Despite this the site remains open to abuse through the same back door, as an email from Reg reader Adrien this week reminds us.

He notes that URLs such as this example are being bounced off eBay site onto other domains. In this case the surfer is redirected to Google, but sending people to less savory destinations is equally possible.

"I'm holding out for the second anniversary of the backdoor. I might bake a birthday cake and send it to them. A nice phish cake," Adrian said.

We are yet to hear back from the online auction house on whether it has any plans to address the problem. ®

The smart choice: opportunity from uncertainty

More from The Register

next story
NEW, SINISTER web tracking tech fingerprints your computer by making it draw
Have you been on YouPorn lately, perhaps? White House website?
HIDDEN packet sniffer spy tech in MILLIONS of iPhones, iPads – expert
Don't panic though – Apple's backdoor is not wide open to all, guru tells us
LibreSSL RNG bug fix: What's all the forking fuss about, ask devs
Blow to bit-spitter 'tis but a flesh wound, claim team
Black Hat anti-Tor talk smashed by lawyers' wrecking ball
Unmasking hidden users is too hot for Carnegie-Mellon
Manic malware Mayhem spreads through Linux, FreeBSD web servers
And how Google could cripple infection rate in a second
Own a Cisco modem or wireless gateway? It might be owned by someone else, too
Remote code exec in HTTP server hands kit to bad guys
British data cops: We need greater powers and more money
You want data butt kicking, we need bigger boots - ICO
prev story

Whitepapers

Seven Steps to Software Security
Seven practical steps you can begin to take today to secure your applications and prevent the damages a successful cyber-attack can cause.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
Build a business case: developing custom apps
Learn how to maximize the value of custom applications by accelerating and simplifying their development.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.