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Date: Thu, 26 Mar 2009 21:05:28 +1300
From: Nick FitzGerald <>
To: full-disclosure <>
Subject: Re: [Url Redirection flaw]

Pete Licoln saw fit to write:

> There's a difference between an xss and an url redirection ..
> this post was about an url js based redirection, now it's a Xss, to me
> that's a lot of talk ( and i do contribute ) for an no persistant xss ,
> ...

We've seen weirder things used in phish and other scams...

Remember, open redirectors allow remote "brand reputation transfer" (aka 
theft) for whatever purpose may suit a third a party.  Web app devs and 
admins who do not inherently understand that (some 80+% by my estimates) 
should not be allowed near any servers on the public Internet.  (That 
would put Doubleclick, and thereby much of Google, well out of business.)

I can imagine ways the "fake codec" folk could _very_ conveniently use 
this to boost their install rates.  (If I have to spell this out to 
anyone here, they're on the wrong list...)


Now Valdis -- what odds will you give for nVidia fixing this before we 
see it being roundly abused?


Nick FitzGerald

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