Chrome for Android - Bypassing SOP for Local Files By Symlinks Jan 07 2013 01:34PM
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CVE Number: CVE-2012-4908
Title: Chrome for Android - Bypassing SOP for Local Files By Symlinks
Affected Software: Confirmed on Chrome for Android v18.0.1025123
Credit: Takeshi Terada
Issue Status: v18.0.1025308 was released which fixes this vulnerability

Chrome for Android's Same-Origin Policy for local files (file: URI) can be
bypassed by using symbolic links. It results in theft of Chrome's private
files by malicious Android apps.

Chrome for Android seems to forbid a local file to read another file,
except for the originating file itself.


However, it is possible to circumvent the restriction by a trick using
symbolic link.

This issue enables malicious Android apps to steal Chrome's private
files such as Chrome's Cookie file, bookmark file, and so on.

As an example, steps to steal Chrome's Cookie file are described below:

1. An attacker's app creates a malicious HTML file, and makes Chrome load
its URL with file: URI. The malicious HTML contains JavaScript code
which, a few seconds later, tries to read the content of same URL with
the malicious HTML itself via XMLHttpRequest.

<u>Wait a few seconds.</u>
function doitjs() {
var xhr = new XMLHttpRequest;
xhr.onload = function() {
xhr.open('GET', document.URL);
setTimeout(doitjs, 8000);

2. Before XHR fires, the attacker's app replaces the malicious
HTML file with a symlink pointing to Chrome's Cookie file.

3. When XHR fires, Chrome follows the symlink and provides the
content of the Chrome's Cookie file to the malicious HTML.

The attacker's app can also get the content of Chrome's other private
files in a similar manner.

Proof of Concept:
HTML/JavaScript is shown above. At present I do not have plans to disclose
PoC of malicious Android app.

2012/08/19 Reported to Google security team
2012/08/25 Re-reported to Chrome security team
2012/09/12 Vender announced v18.0.1025308
2013/01/07 Disclosure of this advisory

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