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Re: Vulnerabilities in *McAfee.com
From: "Thor (Hammer of God)" <thor () hammerofgod com>
Date: Wed, 30 Mar 2011 18:12:37 +0000

Well, I think there is a flip side to this, and that is the fact that no one is asking these people to inspect their 
sites for vulnerabilities.   They are taking it upon themselves to scan the sites actively looking for vulnerabilities 
for the sole purpose of exposing them.  They may say that they are doing it "to ensure that the vendors fix their 
problems" but it's not really any of their business to do so.    

I think someone would be hard pressed to justify (defend) their actions when they basically "attack" a site that they 
don't own, without permission, with the express intent of finding a vulnerability.  That's the difference between a 
"test" and an "attack."   It doesn't matter how trivial their finds are, or what the outcome of the scan is, it is the 
fact that no one asked, nor wants them to do this.  

Technically, what they are doing is in fact illegal - in the US anyway.   So there is another aspect of this that 
deserves some discussion, I think.


-----Original Message-----
From: full-disclosure-bounces () lists grok org uk [mailto:full-disclosure-
bounces () lists grok org uk] On Behalf Of Ryan Sears
Sent: Wednesday, March 30, 2011 10:45 AM
To: noloader () gmail com
Cc: full-disclosure
Subject: Re: [Full-disclosure] Vulnerabilities in *McAfee.com

Seriously. I gotta say I feel like people at Cenzic (and Mcafee for that matter),
if anyone should understand that a XSS should really only be construed a
'criminal act' if it's indeed used to attack someone. If a group is taking the time
out of their day to find and disclose issues to Mcafee, they should probably be
thankful. What about finding a vulnerability in Mcafee's virus scanner? Could
that be construed as a 'criminal act' if they disclose it? Where do you draw the

Basically this sort of thing pushes the community into silence until something
truly criminal happens. I'm not saying give anyone massive amounts of credit
for publishing a few XSS bugs (because there's millions of them out there),
but don't label them as a criminal for trying to help. That's just idiotic IMO.

If you run an enterprise level solution for antivirus AND web vulnerability
testing, the community understands that it's a process not unlike any other.
There will be bugs, but it only demolishes the image of Mcafee to see them
handle it like this in particular. If they would have been appreciative about it,
and promptly fixed their website (or at the very least maintained friendly
contact) this incident would have pretty much gone un-noticed.

Look at LastPass as an example.


They had someone poking at their site, who managed to find a XSS bug using
CRLF injections. They were appreciative of the find, 2.5 hrs later the issue was
fixed, and there was that blog post about exactly what they were going to do
about it. They took full responsibility for the fact that THEIR coding was to
blame, and basically said 'This is what happened, and this is why it will
probably never happen again'. This spoke hugely to me (as I'm sure it did the
rest of the community) because it shows a company that's willing to admit it
made a mistake, as opposed to sitting on their haunches and blaming people
for looking for these sorts of bugs. Oh and not every customer of their service
has to pay massive licensing fees, as there's a free version as well. In my mind
at least this equates to a company that cares more about their customers that
don't pay a single dime, then a company who forces people to pay massive
amounts of coin for shaky automated scanning and services. That's just the
way I see it though.

Someone's gotta tell the emperor he has no clothes on.


----- Original Message -----
From: "Jeffrey Walton" <noloader () gmail com>
To: "YGN Ethical Hacker Group" <lists () yehg net>
Cc: "full-disclosure" <full-disclosure () lists grok org uk>
Sent: Wednesday, March 30, 2011 1:05:42 PM GMT -05:00 US/Canada Eastern
Subject: Re: [Full-disclosure] Vulnerabilities in *McAfee.com

On Wed, Mar 30, 2011 at 8:44 AM, YGN Ethical Hacker Group <lists () yehg net>
According to xssed.com,  there are two remaining XSS issues:

https://kb.mcafee.com/corporate/index?page=content&id=";; alert(1); //
https://kc.mcafee.com/corporate/index?page=content&id=";; alert(1); //

You guys know our disclosed issues are very simple and can easily be
found through viewing HTML/JS source codes and simple Google Hacking


However,  it was criticized as 'illegal break-in' by Cenzic's CMO,
http://www.cenzic.com/company/management/khera/,  according to
World News editor - Ellen Messmer.  Thus, the next target is Cenzic
web site. Let's see how strong the Kung-Fu of Cenzic HailStorm scanner
Too funny.... I wonder is Aaron Barr is consulting for Cenzic.



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