The 20-year-old security researcher James Lee publicly disclosed details and proof-of-concept exploits for two zero-day vulnerabilities in Microsoft web browsers.
The expert opted to disclose the flaw after the tech giant allegedly failed to address the zero-day issues privately he reported. The researcher reported the issues to Microsoft ten months ago, but the company did not respond to the responsible disclosure.
One of the flaws affects the latest version of the Edge Browser, both flaws could be exploited by a remote attacker to bypass same-origin policy on the victim’s web browser.
The zero-day flaw discovered by James Lee, who shared technical details with The Hacker News, could be exploited by attackers to set up a malicious website to perform universal cross-site scripting (UXSS) attacks against any domain visited using the vulnerable Microsoft web browsers.
The attacker just needs to trick victims into visiting a malicious website created to steal victim’s sensitive data (i.e. login session, cookies), from other sites visited on the same browser.
“The issue is within Resource Timing Entries in Microsoft Browsers which inappropriately leak Cross-Origin URLs after redirection,” Lee told The Hacker News in an email.
Lee also released proof-of-concept (PoCs) exploits for both vulnerabilities.
My friends at the Hacker News have tested and confirmed both the zero-day flaw against the latest version of Internet Explorer and Edge running on a fully-patched Windows 10 operating system.
The availability of the PoC exploit code could allows threat actors to exploit both zero-day vulnerabilities to target Microsoft users.
Waiting for a fix, users could use other web browsers such as Chrome or Firefox.
Pierluigi Paganini is member of the ENISA (European Union Agency for Network and Information Security) Threat Landscape Stakeholder Group and Cyber G7 Group, he is also a Security Evangelist, Security Analyst and Freelance Writer.
Editor-in-Chief at "Cyber Defense Magazine", Pierluigi is a cyber security expert with over 20 years experience in the field, he is Certified Ethical Hacker at EC Council in London. The passion for writing and a strong belief that security is founded on sharing and awareness led Pierluigi to find the security blog "Security Affairs" recently named a Top National Security Resource for US.
Pierluigi is a member of the "The Hacker News" team and he is a writer for some major publications in the field such as Cyber War Zone, ICTTF, Infosec Island, Infosec Institute, The Hacker News Magazine and for many other Security magazines.
Author of the Books "The Deep Dark Web" and “Digital Virtual Currency and Bitcoin”.