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Internet Explorer 7 Popup Address Bar Spoofing Weakness

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Release Date:  2006-10-25    Last Update:  2006-10-31    Views:  109,887

Secunia Advisory SA22542

Where:

From remote

Impact:

Spoofing

Solution Status:

Unpatched

CVE Reference(s):

Description


A weakness has been discovered in Internet Explorer, which can be exploited by malicious people to conduct phishing attacks.

The problem is that it's possible to display a popup with a somewhat spoofed address bar where a number of special characters have been appended to the URL. This makes it possible to only display a part of the address bar, which may trick users into performing certain unintended actions.

Secunia has constructed a demonstration, which is available at:
http://secunia.com/internet_explorer_7_popup_address_bar_spoofing_test/

The weakness is confirmed in Internet Explorer 7 on a fully patched Windows XP SP2 system.


Solution:
Do not follow links from untrusted sources.

Provided and/or discovered by:
Discovered by an anonymous person.

Deep Links:
Links available to Secunia VIM customers

Do you have additional information related to this advisory?

Please provide information about patches, mitigating factors, new versions, exploits, faulty patches, links, and other relevant data by posting comments to this Advisory. You can also send this information to vuln@secunia.com

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