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Re: Proposal: Security checks after same-origin revocation with document.domain

From: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Date: Mon, 25 Jun 2012 19:57:33 +0000 (UTC)
To: Boris Zbarsky <bzbarsky@MIT.EDU>
cc: Bobby Holley <bobbyholley@gmail.com>, public-script-coord@w3.org, w3c@adambarth.com, Johnny Stenback <jst@mozilla.com>, Blake Kaplan <mrbkap@mozilla.com>, Daniel Veditz <dveditz@mozilla.com>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.64.1206251926500.26380@ps20323.dreamhostps.com>
On Mon, 25 Jun 2012, Boris Zbarsky wrote:
> On 6/22/12 7:07 PM, Ian Hickson wrote:
> > There's lots of other ways to screw it up, e.g. anything on 
> > foo.example.com that reflects HTML back, even if it checks the origin 
> > of the submitter, would end up letting B run code in A's origin, 
> > letting C do whatever it wants with B
> I don't follow this.

C puts code into B that causes the server to reflect markup of C's 
choosing into an iframe using A's origin (B's original origin, the origin 
used in the Origin: header that B would send when aking the request to the 
server). C thus gets control over A.

> > Similarly, anything on any other port on any other subdomain of 
> > example.com can now access A and B.
> No, A and C.  Can't access B.

Right. D can access A and C.

> > In general, authors should IMHO assume that if they've set 
> > document.domain to let another origin's pages access them, they've 
> > given access to the entire origin.
> They don't assume that right now, and if it actually worked that way 
> some things would be pretty broken.

According to you in [1], WebKit and IE _do_ work this way.


> > If that's not acceptable, then they shouldn't use document.domain, but 
> > should instead use one of the more secure mechanisms like 
> > postMessage().
> That doesn't help with existing content.

Existing content is already vulnerable in a majority of deployed browsers, 
if WebKit and IE both do this.

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