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Multiple vulnerabilities found in NSA website
From: macfags () chronicle su
Date: Sat, 29 Jun 2013 16:05:41 -0500
RUSTLE LEAGUE WHITE HAT SECURITY RESEARCH TEAM REVEALS HOLE IN NSA WEBSITE;
CONTACTS VENDOR, HOLE PATCHED.
RUSTLE RESEARCH ETHICAL R&D WHITEHAT RED TEAM
VULNERABILITY ALERT AND ASSESSMENT
RED TEAM ALERT LEVEL AT MAGENTA
ETHICAL DISCLOSURE NOTICE: Press release withheld until holes were patched.
Breaking: NSA Website Vulnerable To Attack via Third Party Software,
Illustrate Dangers of Security Outsourcing
Ethical Hackers Exploit XSS Vulnerabilities in NSA Software Made by
Field researchers curiously perusing nsa.gov stumbled upon XSS
vulnerabilities on the main NSA forward facing webserver. Both
vulnerabilities were found in shoddily outsourced third party software
written in Coldfusion--which we all know is the worlds greatest mark-up
"Anyone with an internet connection can use the XSS vulnerability to
impersonate NSA personnel and web traffic," says Horace Grant, a
researcher with Rustle Research. "Why are unreliable third parties
creating the software that guards our national secrets?"
These exploits are ironic given the multiple, recently revealed NSA
security faux pas. The obvious Booz Allen Hamilton/NSA partnership
allowed CIA operative and possible Communist spy, Edward Snowden, to
infiltrate the NSA and leak the PRISM slides. Hilarious outsourcing of
basic webapps to ma'n'pa crapshoot ColdFusion developers have now given
an even graver look at the egregious outsourcing of even the most minute
Why the focus on ColdFusion? The Adobe product is made by a company well
known for holding a monopoly on online media. A simple google query,
such as "michael hastings adobe" yields many results, all requiring
Adobe products to view. Recently deceased, journalist Michael Hastings
was researching government secrets. Many say he was investigating not
only the NSA, but Wikileaks FBI informant Sigurdur Thordarson, who has
close ties with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. Rumors say
Hastings' car was hacked by a 0day ColdFusion exploit, sending him to
his fiery grave. Anyone in the know realizes that Siggi was the one who
sent FBI assassins after Hastings, who was also researching Adrian Lamo
One of the NSA vulnerabilities exploited by ethical white hat hackers
this week exists in the "Careers" section of the nsa.gov website.
Internet users who enter data into the "Feedback" fields now are treated
to a jovial visual representation of their data pooped back at them, in
such elegant fashion as: http://i.imgur.com/1cyISex.png
The other, more insidious, yet still trivial bug in nsa.gov, is an XSS
attack that allows URL redirection. When the "Mail to a Friend" notice
is queried, and nsa.gov is appended at the end of the address. It is
then exempted and allowed to redirect to the provided address. For
Other possible uses of these exploits include dropping a malicious
website into the url by using simple disguising methods, redirect, and
executing arbitrary code. An attacker could also pretend to be an NSA
employee and send a malicious payload via email to real NSA employees,
unbeknownst to them -- or simply trick more people into seeing goatse
because that shit's funny as fuck.
The holes have since been patched.
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- Multiple vulnerabilities found in NSA website macfags (Jun 30)