[Full-disclosure] Wachovia Bank website sends confidential information
bob at verysecurelinux.com
Wed Jul 11 21:57:41 BST 2007
On Wed, Jul 11, 2007 at 12:38:54PM -0400, Steve Ragan wrote:
> The link now redirects to an HTTPS page
This proves the value of Full Disclosure.
This seems to have changed within a few hours of my posting to Full
Disclosure rather than in the several weeks after I first alerted it.
Note that Wachovia still has not subsequently contacted me to thank me,
acknowledge my work, or to threaten me.
Yes, the page that consumers can get to by navigating Wachovia's web site
(or in response to the paper mail Wachovia sent out) now is the
following, which posts using https to provide strong encryption:
It has comments with time-stamps of late yesterday, after I disclosed
on the list:
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I do note that the existing URL:
still exists and is accessible.
That http page still appears to post the SSN, etc. unencrypted.
Clearly, someone needs to delete the old page or only allow it as https.
Of course, this is a very minor issue as there is no way for a consumer
"trip over" this page accidentally.
I wonder if Wachovia will follow the California state breach security
> -----Original Message-----
> From: full-disclosure-bounces at lists.grok.org.uk
> [mailto:full-disclosure-bounces at lists.grok.org.uk] On Behalf Of Bob Toxen
> Sent: Tuesday, July 10, 2007 8:20 PM
> To: full-disclosure at lists.grok.org.uk
> Subject: [Full-disclosure] Wachovia Bank website sends confidential
> Wachovia Bank website sends confidential information (social security
> numbers, phone number, address, etc.) over the Internet without encryption.
> Horizon Network Security Security Advisory 07/10/2007
> http://VerySecureLinux.com/ Jul 10, 2007
> I. BACKGROUND
> Wachovia Bank's official web site offers the following URL to allow its
> customers to change their privacy preferences:
> Wachovia also notified its customers by U.S. Mail that they can use that
> same URL besides.
> That URL has a link to the following to actually change one's
> Unfortunately, that page appears to be an ordinary HTML form whose "filled
> out data" then is transmitted via the "post" method to an http (not https)
> III. ANALYSIS
> We inspected the page's source via our Opera browser. (We did not sniff the
> web traffic so we are not absolutely sure that there is not some hidden
> encryption method, though there appears to be none.)
> IV. DETECTION
> It is trivial to inspect the page source or sniff the data to demonstrate
> the problem. The problem has not been corrected.
> V. WORKAROUND
> Use a method other than their web site to exercise one's preferences.
> VI. VENDOR RESPONSE
> The vendor (Wachovia Bank) was notified via their customer service phone
> number on June 25. We were transferred to "web support". The person
> answering asked us to FAX the details to her and we did so, also on June 25.
> We explained that we were reporting a severe security problem on their web
> We stated that that if we did not hear back from them within 7 days and the
> problem was not fixed by then that we would post the problem on the Full
> Disclosure list, following accepted industry practice.
> To date we have received no response and the problem remains unfixed.
> VII. CVE INFORMATION
> There is no CVE number.
> VIII. DISCLOSURE TIMELINE
> 06/25/2007 Initial vendor notification
> 06/25/2007 Vendor requested FAXed details
> 06/25/2007 Details FAXed to vendor
> 07/20/2007 No vendor response
> 07/20/2007 Public disclosure on this Full Disclosure list
> IX. CREDIT
> This problem was discovered by Bob Toxen, one of our engineers.
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> We believe Wachovia Bank is obligated by California's security breach
> disclosure laws to notify its California customers who may have used this
> form and the State of California. Other jurisdictions also may have
> notification requirements.
> Bob Toxen,
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