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NSOADV-2010-002: Google Wave Design Bugs
From: NSO Research <nso-research () sotiriu de>
Date: Tue, 19 Jan 2010 12:10:28 +0100

Security Advisory NSOADV-2010-002

  Title:                  Google Wave Design Bugs
  Severity:               Low
  Advisory ID:            NSOADV-2010-002
  Found Date:             16.11.2009
  Date Reported:          18.11.2009
  Release Date:           19.01.2010
  Author:                 Nikolas Sotiriu (lofi)
  Mail:                   nso-research at sotiriu.de
  URL:                    http://sotiriu.de/adv/NSOADV-2010-002.txt
  Vendor:                 Google (http://www.google.com/)
  Affected Products:      Google Wave Preview (Date: =< 14.01.2010)
  Not Affected Component: Google Wave Preview (Date: >= 14.01.2010)
  Remote Exploitable:     Yes
  Local Exploitable:      No
  Patch Status:           partially patched
  Discovered by:          Nikolas Sotiriu
  Disclosure Policy:      http://sotiriu.de/policy.html
  Thanks to:              Thierry Zoller: For the permission to use his


Google Wave is an online tool for real-time communication and
collaboration. A wave can be both a conversation and a document where
people can discuss and work together using richly formatted text,
photos, videos, maps, and more.

(Product description from Google Website)


All this possible attacks are the result of playing 4 hours with Google
Wave. I didn't check all the funny stuff, which is possible with the Wave.

1. Gadget phishing attack:

The Google Wave Gadget API can be used for phishing attacks.

An attacker can build his own phishing Gadget, share it with his Google
Wave contacts an hopefully get the login credentials from a user.

This behavior is normal. The Problem is, that this "bug" makes it easier
to steal logins.

2. Virus spreading attack:

Uploads Files are not scanned for malicious code.

An attacker could upload his malware to a wave and share it to his
Google Wave contacts.

Proof of Concept :

A proof of concept gadget can be found here:


1. No changes made here.
   Workaround: Don't trust Waves.

2. Google builds in AV scanning.

Disclosure Timeline (YYYY/MM/DD):

2009.11.16: Vulnerability found
2009.11.17: Sent PoC, Advisory, Disclosure policy and planned disclosure
            date (2009.12.03) to Vendor
2009.11.23: Vendor response
2009.12.01: Ask for a status update, because the planned release date is
2009.12.03: Google Security Team asks for 2 more week to patch.
2009.12.03: Changed release date to 2009.12.17.
2009.12.15: Ask for a status update, because the planned release date is
            2009.12.17. => No Response
2009.12.21: Ask for a status update.
2009.12.29: Google Security Team informs me, that there are no changes
            made before 2010.01.03.
2010.01.14: Google Security Team informs me, that uploaded files will be
            now scanned for malware. Google Gadgets will be not updated.
2010.01.19: Release of this Advisory

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