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Re: Write-up by Amit Klein: "Forging HTTP request headers with Flash"
From: "Amit Klein (AKsecurity)" <aksecurity () hotpop com>
Date: Wed, 26 Jul 2006 21:42:42 +0200


A reader going by the nickname "xeek" pointed out to me that 
the examples in the paper making use of the HTTP GET request
do not work as-is (thanks xeek!). After looking at the matter,
I realized that I made a silly mistake. In my research, I
toyed with the LoadVars.send() method with 2 arguments 
(url and target window), and had Flash automatically 
select the appropriate methd (GET if empty body, POST if
non-empty body). The exploit works fine this way. When I 
documented my findings, I decided to explicitly add the HTTP
method, to clarify the write-up. BIG mistake - turns out
that in such case, Flash doesn't send the headers if GET is
used (sounds like a bug...). And pity I didn't verify the exact
code I used in the write-up...

Anyway, to summarize - there's a mistake in the document, 
and it's easily fixed. In each GET example, simply remove
the explicit method (i.e. delete all instances of ,"GET" in
the write-up). For example (the first example in the paper):


This works as advertised, and as also verified by xeek.

Thanks, and sorry for the mistake,

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