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Firespoofing [mikx]
Firespoofing [Firefox 1.0]


Using javascript it is possible to spoof the content of security and 
download dialogs by partly covering them with a popup window. This can fool 
a user to download and automaticly execute a file (if a file extension 
association exists) or to grant a script local data access (if codebase 
principals are enabled).

__Expected Behavior

Modal dialogs should always be on top and it should not be possible to 
obfuscate their appearance.



The PoC is designed for Firefox 1.0 running in a maximized window.

Part 1 - download dialog spoofing
Shows how to cover a download dialog and fool the user to execute a file 
with a standard windows file association (in this case a .ht file). BTW, 
remember the latest .ht buffer overflow...

Part 2 - security dialog spoofing
Shows how to cover a security dialog. Make sure codebase principals are 
enabled (not default but encouraged by many XUL sites). Creates the file 
c:\booom.txt to proof local system access.


The bug is confirmed but currently unfixed (open for more than 3 months). As 
a partial workaround set dom.disable_window_flip to true in about:config. 
The vendor failed to respond to multiple status requests which led to this 
public disclosure.

2004-09-20 Vendor informed (bugzilla.mozilla.org #260560)
2004-09-20 Vendor confirmed bug
2004-10-20 Status request (open for 1 month - no reply)
2005-01-03 Status request (open for 3 months - no reply)
2005-01-07 Status request (disclosure warning - no reply)
2005-01-11 Public disclosure

__Affected Software

Tested with Firefox 1.0, Mozilla 1.7.5 and Netscape 7.1 on Windows XP SP2.

__Contact Informations

Michael Krax  


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