[Full-disclosure] Apple Safari ... DoS Vulnerability
scarybeasts at gmail.com
Tue Mar 3 20:37:40 GMT 2009
On Tue, Mar 3, 2009 at 2:00 AM, Nick FitzGerald
<nick at virus-l.demon.co.uk> wrote:
> Michal Zalewski to me:
>> > But what if www.evil.com has run an injection attack of some kind (SQL,
>> > XSS in blog comments, etc, etc) against www.stupid.com?
>> > Visitors to stupid.com then suffer a DoS...
>> In such a case, the attacker may just as well clobber body.innerHTML,
>> run a while (1) loop, or otherwise logically deny or alter service to
>> visitors without actually exploiting any specific bug ...
>> ... - so I do not
>> see any significant benefit to killing this particular tab.
> Where in any usable definition of "denial of service" does the word
> "useful" or concept of "benefit" appear?
> The question was, is it a DoS.
> It is.
By this definition of yours, DoS is fundamentally built in to browsers
(by way of simply following specifications) -- even those with decent
Web security IS fundamentally broken at the foundations, so I'm not
going to disagree with you.
It raises the question: DoS is an overloaded term, perhaps it should
be reserved for cases that actually have real-world significance? Or
is a new term required?
>> Crashing / hanging the entire browser is somewhat different, as it
>> bears some risk of data loss in plausible usage scenarios.
>> Unfortunately, most implementations do very little to prevent cases
>> that were permitted by standards in the first place (things such as
>> "while (1) str += str", "while (1) alert('foo')", looped blocking
>> XMLHttpRequest calls, ridiculously nested XML and other
>> expensive-to-render content, etc) - which makes finding new instances
>> somewhat futile and pointless, and a result, somewhat frowned upon on
>> security mailing lists (ugh).
> I agree, but I was not addressing that.
> Is it useful? Probably not.
> But it's still a DoS...
> And, will the Safari folk find something more important to fix if/when
> they look into it?
> Who knows but it won't hurt for them to look...
> Nick FitzGerald
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