RUSTLE RESEARCH ETHICAL R&D WHITEHAT RED TEAM
VULNERABILITY ALERT AND ASSESSMENT
RED TEAM ALERT LEVEL AT MAGENTA
Breaking: NSA Website Vulnerable To Attack via Third Party Software, Illustrate Dangers of Security Outsourcing
Ethical Hackers Exploit XSS Vulnerabilities in NSA Software Made by third party.
Field researchers curiously perusing nsa.gov stumbled upon XSS vulnerabilities on the main NSA forward facing webserver. Both vulnerabilities were found in shoddily outsourced third party software written in Coldfusion–which we all know is the worlds greatest mark-up language.
“Anyone with an internet connection can use the XSS vulnerability to impersonate NSA personnel and web traffic,” says Horace Grant, a researcher with Rustle Research. “Why are unreliable third parties creating the software that guards our national secrets?”
These exploits are ironic given the multiple, recently revealed NSA security faux pas. The obvious Booz Allen Hamilton/NSA partnership allowed CIA operative and possible Communist spy, Edward Snowden, to infiltrate the NSA and leak the PRISM slides. Hilarious outsourcing of basic webapps to ma’n’pa crapshoot ColdFusion developers have now given an even graver look at the egregious outsourcing of even the most minute government projects.
Why the focus on ColdFusion? The Adobe product is made by a company well known for holding a monopoly on online media. A simple google query, such as “michael hastings adobe” yields many results, all requiring Adobe products to view. Recently deceased, journalist Michael Hastings was researching government secrets. Many say he was investigating not only the NSA, but Wikileaks FBI informant Sigurdur Thordarson, who has close ties with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. Rumors say Hastings’ car was hacked by a 0day ColdFusion exploit, sending him to his fiery grave. Anyone in the know realizes that Siggi was the one who sent FBI assassins after Hastings, who was also researching Adrian Lamo and th3j35t3r.
One of the NSA vulnerabilities exploited by ethical white hat hackers this week exists in the “Careers” section of the nsa.gov website. Internet users who enter data into the “Feedback” fields now are treated to a jovial visual representation of their data pooped back at them, in such elegant fashion as: http://i.imgur.com/1cyISex.png
The other, more insidious, yet still trivial bug in nsa.gov, is an XSS attack that allows URL redirection. When the “Mail to a Friend” notice is queried, and nsa.gov is appended at the end of the address. It is then exempted and allowed to redirect to the provided address. For example: http://www.nsa.gov/applications/links/notices.cfm?address=http://wikipaste.eu/nsa.gov
Other possible uses of these exploits include dropping a malicious website into the url by using simple disguising methods, redirect, and executing arbitrary code. An attacker could also pretend to be an NSA employee and send a malicious payload via email to real NSA employees, unbeknownst to them — or simply trick more people into seeing goatse because that shit’s funny as fuck.
The holes have since been patched.