[MajorSecurity-SA-2012-014]Apple Safari on iOS 5.1 - Adressbar spoofing vulnerability Mar 20 2012 08:39AM
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[MajorSecurity-SA-2012-014]Apple Safari on iOS 5.1 - Adressbar spoofing vulnerability

Product: Apple Mobile Safari on iOS 5.1
Security-Risk: moderated
Remote-Exploit: yes
Vendor-URL: http://www.apple.com/
Advisory-Status: published

Discovered by: David Vieira-Kurz of MajorSecurity

Affected Products
Apple Mobile Safari on iOS 5.1
Prior versions may also be affected

The affected version produced following user-agent header
Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; CPU iPhone OS 5_1 like Mac OS X) AppleWebKit/534.46 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.1 Mobile/9B176 Safari/7534.48.3

Testing environment
The proof of concept has been tested on an iPhone4, iPhone4S, iPad2 and iPad3 running iOS 5.1

"Mobile Safari is web browser for Apple's iOS."

More Details
David Vieira-Kurz has discovered some vulnerabilities in Apple Mobile Safari based on AppleWebkit/534.46 running on iOS 5.1.

The weakness is caused due to an error within the handling of URLs when using javascript's window.open() method.
This can be exploited to potentially trick users into supplying sensitive information to a malicious web site,
because information displayed in the address bar can be constructed in a certain way,
which may lead users to believe that they're visiting another web site than the displayed web site.

Steps to reproduce
1) Visit http://majorsecurity.net/html5/ios51-demo.html with Safari on iOS 5.1
2) click the "demo" button
3) Safari will open a new window with "http://www.apple.com" in the adress bar,
but in fact "http://www.apple.com" is being displayed inside an iframe within
the host http://www.majorsecurity.net
4) Safari's adress bar is showing "http://www.apple.com" which makes the user believe he/she is currently
visiting Apple.com while he's still on the attacker's website .

Proof of Concept
A proof-of-concept code is available here:

Users should upgrade to a newer version as far as the vendor has supplied a patch.

2012-03-01, vulnerability identified in iOS 5.0
2012-03-01, vulnerability reproduced with iOS 5.1
2012-03-02, vendor has been informed
2012-03-03, vendor response
2012-03-20, advisory published

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