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Date: Tue, 7 Jul 2015 12:15:22 +0300
From: Jaanus <>
Subject: [FD] Fake links in Skype

The issue in Skype (bit hard to name it a real vulnerability) is actually a
simple one - you can send links that seem to direct user to one URL, but
actually send to some other. This is quite normal and expected in web pages <a
href="BAD_PLACE">GOOD_PLACE</a> but it is not expected from Skype, because
Skype creates these links itself and by default you can't create your own
urls. If you type, then client will generate link from that
and it will point to not to for example.

What becomes important, is the fact that the link structure (which is usual
HTML <a> tag) is created not by receiving client but by the sender. So my
client is not sending a simple, but already ready link <a
href=""></a>. Usually this was not big
issue, because it's bit hard to build your own stuff on Skype protocol and
it might not been worth the effort. But now there exists a web client on and things are MUCH simpler on that.

In client you can easily intercept (or write HTTP requests
yourself) the request that sends your message to the server and change the
href attribute inside a tag that was created automatically by javascript.
This is not only the http/https protocols that can be used. Elar Lang ( ) noticed that it's also possible to
use other protocols such as file: data: skype: etc..
This also might create new attack vectors.

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