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Re: Google vulnerabilities with PoC
From: M Kirschbaum <pr0ix () yahoo co uk>
Date: Sat, 15 Mar 2014 13:35:43 +0000 (GMT)

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> wrote:

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 outcomes: 

- 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. youtube.com) 
-- 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 decade."

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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