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 August 3rd

Sun,12:02 PM
MGG 564: Wave a Minty-Fresh Rubber Chicken Over It
Sat,10:30 AM
Rachio Iro - The Smart Sprinkler Controller
Fri,10:00 PM
Apple Has Starring Role in New Crypto War
5:40 PM
How to Create Signatures in Mail.app in iOS and OS X
5:00 PM
The Reason Why No Company Can Duplicate Apple’s iPhone Appeal
3:40 PM
Wondershare PDFelement for Mac and OCR Plug-In: $39.99
1:49 PM
TMO Daily Observations 2015-07-31: New Apple TV Rumors, Google Defies France
10:42 AM
Google Stands Up to France, Refuses Global “Right to be Forgotten” Order
8:56 AM
iPhone 6 and 6 Plus: Turning Off Reachability
Thu,6:43 PM
New Apple TV Hardware Reportedly Coming in September
5:10 PM
Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor Released for Mac and Linux
4:51 PM
Safari Offers Longer Battery Life than Chrome or Firefox
  • __________
  • Buy Stuff, Support TMO!
  • Podcast: Mac Geek Gab
  • Podcast: Apple Weekly Report
  • TMO on Twitter!