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Internet Explorer script exploit via frames
10th Sep 2002 [SBWID-5679]

		IE script exploit via frames


		Microsoft Internet Explorer  5.5  and  above;  prior  versions  are  not

		Tested on : IE5.5 Win98.
		            IE5.5 NT4.

		            IE6 Win2000.

		            IE6 WinXP.


		In  GreyMagic  Security  advisory  [GM#010-IE]  by  GreyMagic  Software,
		Israel :




		 Update (11 september 2002)



		Information below have been updated by GreyMagic to  prove  IE6SP1  does
		not patch the problem yet.


		We discovered that it is possible for an attacker to execute  script  on
		any page that contains <frame> or <iframe> elements, ignoring  any
		protocol or domain restriction set  forth  by  Internet  Explorer.  This
		means that an attacker can steal cookies from almost  any  site,  access
		and change content in sites and in most cases also read local files  and
		execute arbitrary programs on the client's machine (script  in  the  "My
		Computer" zone).

		After a web site gets loaded, it  is  still  possible  for  an  external
		domain to access its frames collection. That in itself  is  not  helping
		the attacker, since the  document  object  of  these  frames  cannot  be
		accessed directly.

		However, it is possible to  set  the  frame's  URL.  Setting  the  child
		frame's URL to  "javascript:[code]"  will  execute  the  script  in  the
		context of the currently loaded URL.

		This vulnerability will not work, however, if the child frame  is  in  a
		different domain than the victim's, like most ads  are.  But  even  that
		doesn't stop this vulnerability from being exploited,  an  attacker  can
		simply change the frame's URL to match its  parent  and  then  re-assign
		the "javascript:[code]" URL.

		In order to use this vulnerability to access the "My Computer"  zone  an
		attacker would have to find a local file or  resource  that  contains  a
		<frame> or an <iframe>. Fortunately for  the  attacker,  Microsoft
		provided such a resource in Internet Explorer 6, and  to  make  it  even
		better, Microsoft also ironically named it "PrivacyPolicy.dlg".  All  an
		attacker needs to do in order to read local files and execute  arbitrary
		programs  is  to  load  "res://shdoclc.dll/privacypolicy.dlg"  and  then
		change the URL of the frame it contains to the "javascript:[code]" URL.

		Luckily for Internet Explorer 5.5 users,  "PrivacyPolicy.dlg"  was  only
		supplied in version 6  of  the  browser.  However,  Windows  ships  with
		several HTML files, in relatively static  locations,  that  may  contain
		frames. An attacker can run a simple scan on such known local files  and
		when  such  a  file  is   found   the   attacker   can   use   it   like
		"PrivacyPolicy.dlg" is used above.





		This exploit shows how it  is  possible  to  read  a  user's  cookie  in
		google.com, it uses a new window to load  the  victim  site,  the  child
		frame is Google's messages tree frame.

		<script language="jscript">

		onload=function () {

		    var oVictim=open("http://groups.google.com/groups?threadm=anews.Aunc.850","OurVictim","width=100,height=100");


		        function () {












		We put together four proof-of-concept demonstrations:

		* Simple: The example shown in the "Exploit" section.

		* "Who framed" Console: Automatically  test  any  site  for  frames  and
		execute commands on it.

		*  Privacy,  anyone?  #1:  Read  local  files  using  the  privacypolicy
		resource or, if you own a prior  version  of  IE,  scan  your  disk  for
		"standard" local files that contain frames in order to "bounce"  to  any
		local file from them.

		*  Privacy,  anyone?  #2:   Execute   arbitrary   programs   using   the
		privacypolicy resource or, if you own a prior version of IE,  scan  your
		disk for  "standard"  local  files  that  contain  frames  in  order  to
		"bounce" to program execution from them.

		They can all be found at :





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