Ed: Possible to redirect to a (non-existing) subdomain after logging in via GitHub (leaking the token)

ID H1:292825
Type hackerone
Reporter jackds
Modified 2017-11-25T16:11:16



To comment on an article a user has the option to login using his Github account. After logging in the user is normally redirect back to the URL he came from. I found out that it is also possible to redirect to a non-existing subdomain of edoverflow.com. It looks like the whitelist for the OAuth flow is not configured properly.

Vulnerability Details

For logging in using the OAuth login flow the following URL is used: https://github.com/login/oauth/authorize?client_id=5f45cc999f7812d0b6d2&redirect_uri={url}&scope=public_repo . The redirect_uri parameter is matched against the configured URLs in the OAuth Application settings. I'm not sure how this is configured for this app, but it seems possible to redirect to a subdomain as well.

Steps To Reproduce:

  1. Go to https://github.com/login/oauth/authorize?client_id=5f45cc999f7812d0b6d2&redirect_uri=https%3A%2F%2Fnonexisting.edoverflow.com&scope=public_repo
  2. Login using your Github account
  3. You are now redirected to nonexisting.edoverflow.com?code={code}


Impact is limited as it is still only possible to redirect to a subdomain. In order to carry out an attack the attackers needs to find a vulnerable subdomain first.

Supporting Material/References



If the target URL is vulnerable in any way the attacker might be able to actually steal a login-token.