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Re: [vox] More IE exploits
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Re: [vox] More IE exploits

On Fri, Jun 25, 2004 at 03:46:12PM -0700, Bill Kendrick wrote:
> On Fri, Jun 25, 2004 at 03:36:21PM -0700, Rod Roark wrote:
> > Actually... looking at both stories and taking them at face
> > value, it appears these are two entirely different security
> > holes.
> Yeah, upon further inspection, I was a little confused, too.
> Of course, the BBC said people are inserting Javascript
> 'into GIF and JPG files', which makes no sense whatsoever...
> Unless IE is being particularly dumb with something like:
>   <img src="http://badguy.com/malware.js";>

I don't know what the problem is with this particular hole, but IE
historically has lots of problems with guessing a file's type based
on extension and mixing that up with the MIME type. 

For example, IE had a security hole some time ago involving
background sounds; if you specified bgsound="evil.js" in a web page
and the server said its MIME type was a MIDI file, IE would decide
to play the file and hand it off to a local player thread. 

Well, that thread would look at the extension and execute evil.js as
JavaScript in the local security zone. 

I undoubtedly have some of the details wrong, but the general idea
is there.

Samuel Merritt
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