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RE: myspace hack
From: "Evans, Arian" <Arian.Evans () fishnetsecurity com>
Date: Fri, 14 Oct 2005 13:00:43 -0500

Or you could read Sammy's technical analysis which explicitly
lists the javascript he embedded in the profile, as opposed
to random speculation.


-----Original Message-----
From: Andrew Chong [mailto:andrewjw () singnet com sg] 
Sent: Friday, October 14, 2005 10:08 AM
To: webappsec () securityfocus com
Cc: cisspforum () yahoogroups com
Subject: RE: myspace hack

My analysis are:
1. Sammy broadcast emails to ask myspace user to add him as 
his friend. 

Most likely is a HTML email with the below embeded code in it. The
receiver will not need to click to open Sammy profile and the viral
script will automatically add Sammy as his hero.

If it is a plain text email, the receiver will have to click on a URL
link to view Sammy's profile.

Assumption 1:
The email either contains a hidden size 1x1 embeded iframe code that
will execute myspace.com add friend query strings.
xxxx&xxx" width="1" height="1">

Assumption 2:
The email either contains a hidden size 1x1 image using the javascript
onload to execute the action.
<img src="images/evil.gif" width="1" id="evil" height="1"

Andrew Chong, CISSP

-----Original Message-----
From: Reynolds, Jake [mailto:Jake.Reynolds () fishnetsecurity com] 
Sent: Friday, October 14, 2005 10:30 PM
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

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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
vulnerability. Sorry

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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