Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Yahoo Mail Gives Users Trojan Horses

I got this picture from a reader of the site. Apparently the reader was simply viewing Yahoo mail and poof, RogueIframe trojan. We are starting to see a lot more of this kind of stuff, but it’s really disappointing that third party ads are being displayed on otherwise sensitive apps (or at least I think most people feel they are sensitive). Here’s the picture:

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We’ve seen this exact hack hit before, against Facebook. But I think this kind of thing may be the beginning of a epidemic. As long as you can end up with your advertisements on any site that is even vaguely sensitive, you can start either taking over the site, or delivering malware. Whatever best suits the attacker’s needs. I think this all goes back Tom Stripling’s speech at OWASP where he in painstaking detail explained why you cannot trust third party JavaScript on your site, and yes, that definitely includes advertisements. Anyway, I hope this gets cleaned up quickly.

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