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Re: [vox-tech] New phishing vulnerability
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Re: [vox-tech] New phishing vulnerability

On Fri, Dec 12, 2003 at 07:12:10PM -0800, Bill Kendrick wrote:
> On Sat, Dec 13, 2003 at 02:18:08AM +0000, Rob Rogers wrote:
> >  But the question is what does it show in the status bar while
> > hovering? The 0x01 bug only affects IE, but the %00 bug affects both
> > IE and Moz (at least 1.5) I'd be interested what NS 4.7 does.
> While I agree it's some concern, the status bar isn't NEARLY as important
> as what's show in the URL field at the top.
> Status bar can get covered up or altered easily with JavaScript.
> (Hover on an URL and status bar can say "Click that link to go to foobar"...
> or the site could be running one of those hiddeously irritating
> scrollers.)
> Of course, turn off JavaScript, and it's less of a concern... until you get
> to...
> URLs which are JavaScript function calls.  How many times have I wanted to
> look at a screenshot, or submit my answers to a survey question, and the
> URL is "javascript:void(0);"? >:^(
> Who knows WHAT server a link like that will go to?
> And finally, there's always HTML form links.  I haven't seen a browser that
> puts any kind of "this form submits to: http://www.foo.bar/blah.cgi"; notice
> in the status bar when you hover over the Submit button.
> Combine that with "<input type="image"..." submit buttons, and it looks
> like any old "<a href="..."><img src="..."></a>" link... except nothing will
> appear in the status bar.  (Or sometimes it'll show X/Y coordinates,
> since it's using the image as an imagemap.)
> Finally, one of the other really irritating tricks out there, which is kind
> of similar to this "0x01" bug in IE, is the use of frames.  Display
> two frames... one is 0 pixels tall, the other fills the rest of the window,
> and displays the content of some other site.
> The URL at the top will always remain "http://www.foo.com/frame-page.html";,
> while you're happy browsing "www.bar.net/..." URLs in the window.
> Man, I hate the web. :)

Would you forward your email to some of the open source browser projects 
(Mozilla, Galeon, Konqueror) they might be interested in building in 
more browser security features, especially simple ones like the status 
I usually have a GPG digital signature included as an attachment.
See http://www.gnupg.org/ for info about these digital signatures.
My key was last signed 10/14/2003. If you use GPG *please* see me about 
signing the key. ***** My computer can't give you viruses by email. ***

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