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Re: Google vulnerabilities with PoC
From: Mario Vilas <mvilas () gmail com>
Date: Sat, 15 Mar 2014 14:43:54 +0100

Sockpuppet much?

On Sat, Mar 15, 2014 at 2:35 PM, M Kirschbaum <pr0ix () yahoo co uk> wrote:

Gynvael Coldwind,

What Alfred has reiterated is that this is a security vulnerability
irrelevantly of whether it qualifies for credit.

It is an unusual one, but still a security vulnerability. Anyone who says
otherwise is blind, has little or no experience in hands on security, or
either has a different agenda.

The obvious here is that Google dismissed it as a non-security issue which
I find rather sad and somewhat ridiculous.

Even if we asked Andrew Tanenbaum about ,I suspect his answers wouldn't be
much different.


  On Saturday, 15 March 2014, 12:45, Gynvael Coldwind <gynvael () coldwind pl>

I think the discussion digressed a little from the topic. Let's try to
steer it back on it.

What would make this a security vulnerability is one of the three standard

- information leak - i.e. leaking sensitive information that you normally
do not have access to
- remote code execution - in this case it would be:
-- XSS - i.e. executing attacker provided JS/etc code in another user's
browser, in the context *of a sensitive, non-sandboxed* domain (e.g.
-- server-side code execution - i.e. executing attacker provided code on
the youtube servers
- denial of service - I think we all agree this bug doesn't increase the
chance of a DoS; since you upload files that fail to be processed (so the
CPU-consuming re-encoding is never run) I would argue that this decreases
the chance of DoS if anything

Which leaves us with the aforementioned RCE.

I think we all agree that if Mr. Lemonias presents a PoC that uses the
functionality he discovered to, either:
(A) display a standard XSS alert(document.domain) in a sensitive domain
(i.e. *.youtube.com or *.google.com, etc) for a different (test) user
(B) execute code to fetch the standard /etc/passwd file from the youtube
server and send it to him,
then we will be convinced that this is vulnerability and will be satisfied
by the presented proof.

I think that further discussion without this proof is not leading anywhere.

One more note - in the discussion I noticed some arguments were tried to
be justified or backed by saying "I am this this and that, and have this
many years of experience", e.g. (the first one I could find):

"have worked for Lumension as a security consultant for more than a

Please note, that neither experience, nor job title, proves exploitability
of a *potential* bug. Working exploits do.

That's it from me. I'm looking forward to seeing the RCE exploits (be it
client or server side).

Kind regards,
Gynvael Coldwind

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