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From: Michal Zalewski (lcamtufcoredump.cx)
Date: Sun May 05 2013 - 19:43:24 CDT
I guess this may be somewhat amusing...
As you probably know, most browser vendors have fixed the ability to
enumerate your browsing history through the CSS :visited
pseudo-selector. The fix severely constraints the styling possible for
visited links, and hides it from APIs such as
The fix does not prevent attackers from extracting similar information
through cache timing , or by examining onerror / onload events for
scripts and images loaded from sites to which you may be logged in.
Nevertheless, the :visited attack is particularly versatile and
reliable, so several people have tried to circumvent the fix by
showing the user a set of hyperlinked snippets of text that, depending
on the browsing history, will blend with the background or remain
visible on the screen. Their visibility can be then indirectly
measured by seeing how the user interacts with the page.
The problem with these attacks is that they are either unrealistic, or
extremely low-throughput. So, here is a slightly more interesting
entry for this contest. The PoC works in Chrome and Firefox, but
should be easily portable to other browsers:
The basic idea behind this inferior clone of Asteroids is that we hurl
a lot of link-based "asteroids" toward your spaceship, but you only
see (and take down) the ones that correspond to the sites you have
visited. There are several tricks to maintain immersion, including
some proportion of "real" asteroids that the application is sure are
visible to you. The approach is easily scalable to hundreds or
thousands of URLs that can be tested very quickly, as discussed here:
Captain Obvious signing off,
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