Monday, May 11, 2009

Gmail/Google Doc PDF Repurposing Integrated Attacks - Cookie Hijacking / Stealing

Google docs network was vulnerable to PDF repurposing attacks. The vulnerability was disclosed to Google responsibly. This was done to mitigate the risk. Google had worked over it and patched it with in a period of 5 days.

The Google doc has been refined now and the integrated support for adobe plugin is removed. The user security was the prime issue because millions of user were at risk if this attack persisted in the open environment. Integrated accounts were more susceptible as certain stolen credentials could be used to access accounts.

The advisory is released here:

Enjoy !