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Snap’s shots execute Javascript?

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While checking out the new Themes and Widgets on these blogs, I noticed they had implemented Snap Preview. Snap is a fairly promising search engine, that has the feature of Javascript based link previews on any page.

These ‘Snap’shots are presumably identical to the ones the search engine itself uses.

(It allows for previewing of search results for ease of use)

Now, this is all fairly harmless and seemingly pointless, except that it seems they not only use a Gecko-based browser,(probably Firefox) to spider(or at the least, take their snapshots) sites.

Take a look at this screenshot of a MySpace page with an older persistant XSS on it.


As you can see, there is an Alert() in the Snap Preview.

I knew Google indexes XSS, but actually running the JS seems like bad practice…

Written by Rodney G

01/15/2007 at 5:40 pm

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  1. Okay, I’ve gotten a response from Snap. They are apparently aware of this issue and are working on it.
    I also disclosed an XSS vulnerability. But, apparently they don’t like Opera. I get described as (Browser: Unknown Browser).


    01/16/2007 at 5:47 pm

  2. Nice find, and also does the same, or at least they used to – I’m not goign to bother trying again, they have some stupid queueing system, which causes me to have to wait extended periods of time….

    And face it Opera is a largely unknown, or at least unused browser, :p. Ok, ok, Opera is a good brpwser, but its fun to pick on…..well, its fun to pick on Opera & you anyway….:p


    01/23/2007 at 6:54 am

  3. Wow that’s pretty cool find Kyran, really shows that in this XSS field there is alot to be learned for many developers.


    01/24/2007 at 3:56 pm

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