[development] feeds as an attack vector?
chris at tinpixel.com
Wed Aug 9 15:29:31 UTC 2006
At http://intertwingly.net/blog/2006/08/09/Attack-Delivery-TestSuite Sam Ruby
"It is just a matter of time. One of these days, some hacker will deface a
popular site like Engadget. But instead of putting something visible on the
site, they will put something invisible in the feed.
By the magic of syndication, that data will then be distributed like spores to
untold thousands of locations. In the process it will be transported from a
relatively untrusted location (like BoingBoing) to a place of equal or greater
trust. Places like popular portal sites, or just perhaps, to your very own
From there, it will lie in wait until you check for news. Invisibly it will
spring into action. You won’t even notice it running. It will be able to do
things that vary from uploading your preferences and passwords to a remote
location, to downloading malware onto your machine. Shortly thereafter, this
entry will be marked as read, or scroll off the bottom of your river of news,
and you will never know how you just got p0wned."
It seems like it would be worth thinking about this when working on any part
of Drupal that aggregates or generates feeds.
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