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RE: myspace hack
From: Jeff Robertson <Jeff.Robertson () DigitalInsight com>
Date: Fri, 14 Oct 2005 10:55:06 -0400

The name "XSS" does not make sense in a lot of its applications. 

What "Stored XSS" and "Reflected XSS" have in common is the injection of
script into places where script wasn't supposed to be. Having more than one
site be involved is not the factor. What has been discussed in this thread
seems to me like it falls under "Stored XSS".

It would make more sense if this was called "script injection", but for some
reason the whole family was named XSS.

Who the heck names these things, anyway? 

Jeff Robertson
Manager of Web Application Security
Digital Insight

-----Original Message-----
From: Reynolds, Jake [mailto:Jake.Reynolds () fishnetsecurity com]
Sent: Friday, October 14, 2005 10:30
To: Chris Varenhorst; Akash
Cc: webappsec () securityfocus com
Subject: RE: myspace hack

I wouldn't consider this an XSS attack. Where in the attack 
did information cross sites? This seems
like it is an embedded XSS attack in that a malicious script 
was entered into a profile in hopes that
victims would view and execute it. However, nothing was sent 
across sites via the script. The
vulnerability was a lack of output validation in my opinion, 
which is the same vulnerability that an
XSS attack would exploit. I don't know how you would classify 
the attack... Probably "self-replicating
session riding". Yeah that has a nice FUD-factor to it.

Senior Security Engineer -- Consulting Services
FishNet Security

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-----Original Message-----
From: Chris Varenhorst [mailto:varenc () MIT EDU] 
Sent: Thursday, October 13, 2005 8:39 AM
To: Akash
Cc: webappsec () securityfocus com
Subject: Re: myspace hack

Oh wow I'm wrong, I'm apparently thinking of current myspace 
bots which do
as I described.  It looks this was in fact made possible by an XSS

On Thu, 13 Oct 2005, Chris Varenhorst wrote:

This isn't hacking at all. (at least not what I'd call it)
This is writing a script to go through myspace IDs (which 
happen to be
squential) issuing friend requests to every one of them.  To prevent
this, now myspace limits friend requests to a certain 
number per day.
Hope that covers it!


On Thu, 13 Oct 2005, Akash wrote:

Does anyone has more technical details about how 1 
million accounts
got hacked in about 24 hours.

This is the supposed confession of the hacker

I currently studying for CEH and just finished reading about XSS. So
this is of special interest.



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