Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 URI Handler Restriction Circumvention Vulnerability

ID SSV:75624
Type seebug
Reporter Root
Modified 2014-07-01T00:00:00


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Microsoft Windows Internet Explorer 6.0 SP1 introduced restrictions for certain URI handlers (such as file:// and res://). It has been demonstrated in the past that these URI handlers could be abused and incorporated into different types of attacks against users of the browser, such as cross-protocol scripting attacks or attacks which access local resources. 

As a safety measure, Service Pack 1 addressed this issue by restricting the client from accessing any of the dangerous URI handlers from the Internet Zone.

However, it is possible to circumvent these restrictions by employing a HTTP redirect to a page which contains one of the restricted URIs.

It is still possible to open any file:// or res:// file automatically with: 

<object type="text/html" data="redirect.asp"></object> 

where redirect.asp makes a HTTP redirect using this HTTP header: 

Location: file://c:/test.txt