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Nasty Data-Stealing Bug Haunts Internet Explorer 8

Trailrunner7 (1100399) writes | more than 3 years ago

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Trailrunner7 (1100399) writes "There's an unpatched vulnerability in Internet Explorer 8 that enables simple data-stealing attacks by Web-based attackers and could lead to an attacker hijacking a user's authenticated session on a third-[arty site. The flaw, which a researcher said may have been known since 2008, lies in the way that IE 8 handles CSS style sheets.

The vulnerability can be exploited through an attack scenario known as cross-domain theft, and researcher Chris Evans originally brought the problem to light in a blog post in December. At the time, all of the major browsers were vulnerable to the attack, but since then, Firefox, Chrome, Safari and Opera all have implemented a simple defense mechanism. The upshot of this is that if a victim has visited a given Web site, authenticated himself to the site, and then visits a site controlled by an attacker, the attacker would have the ability to hijack the user's session and extract supposedly confidential data. This attack works on the latest, fully patched release of IE8, Microsoft's flagship browser."

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