RE: IE 5.22 on Mac Transmitting HTTP Referer from Secure Page Dec 30 2003 09:50PM
tlarholm pivx com
This applies to ALL versions of Internet Explorer on all systems, though
IE on Windows require that the HTTPS site is left through a redirection.
I verified this on IE 5, 5.5, 6 and 6SP1.

As an easily demonstrated example, open your Windows IE and go to


then to verify that no referer is typically sent (the expected behavior)
write the following in your Address Bar



If you want to see the referer being sent from https://login.yahoo.com
to http://pivx.com write the following




The redirect script has to be on the same domain. It is not uncommon to
see redirectors on sites protected by SSL, most typically webmail

Lots of other browsers have been vulnerable to this, including Netscape
4 and Opera.


Thor Larholm
Senior Security Researcher
PivX Solutions
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Newport Beach, CA 92660
thor (at) pivx (dot) com [email concealed]

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From: deane (at) deanebarker (dot) net [email concealed] [mailto:deane (at) deanebarker (dot) net [email concealed]]
Sent: Wednesday, December 24, 2003 8:16 AM
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Subject: IE 5.22 on Mac Transmitting HTTP Referer from Secure Page

Documented instance of Internet Explorer 5.22 on a Mac transmitting an
HTTP Referer header from a link on a secure page (https):


This is clearly covered in the HTTP 1.1 spec (RFC 2616), Section 15.1.3,
"Encoding Sensitive Information in URI's":

"Clients SHOULD NOT include a Referer header field in a (non-secure)
HTTP request if the referring page was transferred with a secure

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