Feeds

Firefox broken Jar vuln. menaces Gmail

Jar Jar links peril

Protecting against web application threats using SSL

Security watchers are concerned that a protocol handling flaw in Firefox could have implications for the security of data held within Google and, possibly, other web applications.

The flaw, involving the handling of the "jar:" protocol by Firefox, gives rise to cross-site scripting attacks. No patch is available through there are a number of workarounds (such as blocking URIs that contain "jar:" using a reverse proxy or application firewall). For home users, Secunia advises users to avoid following untrusted "jar:" links or visiting untrusted websites.

The jar: protocol is used to extract and render content from ZIP compressed files. Unfortunately the "jar:" protocol handler in Firefox does not validate the MIME type of the contents of an archive, which are then executed in the context of the site hosting the archive.

The trick might be used to conduct cross-site scripting attacks on sites that allow a user to upload certain files, such as .zip or .png.

As the GNUCitizen blog notes application which allow the upload of JAR/ZIP files are potentially vulnerable to a persistent Cross-site Scripting as a result of the bug. Web mail clients, collaboration systems, document sharing systems are all potential targets on attack.

The attack could be used to steal cookie-based authentication credentials, for example. GNUCitizen has published a proof of concept demo that illustrates how a user's contact book in Gmail might be accessed using the approach.

Suitably the results page of the demo is illustrated with a picture of insufferably annoying (and arguably racist) Star Wars character Jar Jar Binks. ®

Reducing the cost and complexity of web vulnerability management

More from The Register

next story
Spies would need SUPER POWERS to tap undersea cables
Why mess with armoured 10kV cables when land-based, and legal, snoop tools are easier?
Early result from Scots indyref vote? NAW, Jimmy - it's a SCAM
Anyone claiming to know before tomorrow is telling porkies
TOR users become FBI's No.1 hacking target after legal power grab
Be afeared, me hearties, these scoundrels be spying our signals
Jihadi terrorists DIDN'T encrypt their comms 'cos of Snowden leaks
Intel bods' analysis concludes 'no significant change' after whistle was blown
Home Depot: 56 million bank cards pwned by malware in our tills
That's about 50 per cent bigger than the Target tills mega-hack
Hackers pop Brazil newspaper to root home routers
Step One: try default passwords. Step Two: Repeat Step One until success
China hacked US Army transport orgs TWENTY TIMES in ONE YEAR
FBI et al knew of nine hacks - but didn't tell TRANSCOM
Microsoft to patch ASP.NET mess even if you don't
We know what's good for you, because we made the mess says Redmond
NORKS ban Wi-Fi and satellite internet at embassies
Crackdown on tardy diplomatic sysadmins providing accidental unfiltered internet access
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.