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Cookie-stealing XSS on msn.com
From: SecuriTeam Assisted Disclosure <SPAD () securiteam com>
Date: Tue, 25 Jul 2006 11:56:30 +0300

A cookie-stealing Cross-site scripting vulnerability was found on MSN's 
website (msn.com). Using this vulnerability, an attacker could potentially 
gain access to a victim's Inbox.

This vulnerability was discovered by: tontonq and Nir Goldshlager.

Disclosure timeline
SecuriTeam was asked to assist the researchers with contacting Microsoft.

Reported to vendor: 18th of July, 2006.
Vendor response: 18th of July, 2006.
Resolved: 19th of July, 2006.
Public disclosure: 25th of July, 2006.

Technical description
A cookie-stealing XSS issue was discovered on MSN's web site.

Example of the issue:
That error page gets the CB variable into a script tag.

If John Doe wanted to steal a victim's cookie, he could use this example 

As such, if for example, s.php stores the cookie variable somewhere, the 
attacker can set that stored cookie and "jump" to the Inbox.

For illustration, an older similar issue from 2005 on hotmail.com discovered 
by Alex de Vries can be found here:

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