The Mac Observer

Skip navigational links

You're viewing an article in TMO's historic archive vault. Here, we've preserved the comments and how the site looked along with the article. Use this link to view the article on our current site:
Exploit May Cause Safari To Toss Its Cookies

Mac Security Alert - Exploit May Cause Safari To Toss Its Cookies

by , 1:00 PM EST, November 26th, 2003

The information technology security company, Secunia, has released an advisory about a vulnerability in Safari, Apple's Web browser. The exploit can be used remotely to trick the browser into sending a user's private cookie information for a website. Cookies are bits of information stored on a person's computer that are pertinent to that specific person. Their main purpose is to identify visitors so a certain Web site can be customized for them. From the Secunia advisory page:

A vulnerability has been reported in Apple Safari, which can be exploited by malicious people to steal a user's cookies. The vulnerability is caused due to an error when handling URLs. This can be exploited to disclose a user's cookie information for an arbitrary website by including a NULL character ("%00") in the URL. The vulnerability has been reported in versions 1.0 (v85) through 1.1 (v100.1).

The vulnerability carries a threat level of 4 on a scale of 1-5. That level is characterized by the existence of easy to exploit flaws, no solutions being available, no public awareness or workarounds requiring high technical skills, and the exploit being out "in the wild."

Secunia suggests using another browser to avoid being exposed to the security hazard.

Recent Headlines - Updated April 17th

Thu, 5:51 PM
RadioShack Planning iPhone 5s Discount this Friday
4:50 PM
Honda’s ASIMO Personal Robot is Scary Good in its Movements
4:42 PM
HTML 5 Crash Course for Beginners - $29
3:55 PM
Jeff Carlson’s Handy Tutorial on Using the iPad as a Photography Aid
2:00 PM
Heartbleed Update: OpenVPN isn’t Safe, Either
12:50 PM
‘iPad and iPhone Kung Fu’ Book is Loaded with iOS 7 Tips and Hints
9:55 AM
Apple’s iOS 8 to Reportedly Include Shazam Music Recognition
9:28 AM
Sponsor: Merlin from Project Wizards
8:48 AM
New Cars for Anki Drive Hit the Track
Wed, 10:02 PM
ACM 250: Apple’s iPhone Pricing, Samsung’s Fudging, Amazon’s Ambition
8:03 PM
Yahoo! Reportedly Wants to Replace Google for iOS Default Search
6:52 PM
Hearthstone: Heroes Of Warcraft Released Free on iPad
  • __________
  • Buy Stuff, Support TMO!
  • Podcast: Mac Geek Gab
  • Podcast: Apple Weekly Report
  • TMO on Twitter!