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Opera to support HttpOnly

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Heya. I haven’t blogged in awhile but I do want to start getting back into it.

So, we’ll start with something small.

I read this article the other day about updates coming to Opera in 9.5 and was pleasantly suprised to read that it will support HttpOnly cookies. Now, if you don’t know what that is I’ll give a quick run-down. Normally, cookies are able to be accessed through scripts with things like document.cookie in JavaScript. Along with the normal cookie header, in Set-Cookie you can set it to HttpOnly. This means the cookie cannot normally be read from means other than sending it in an Http Request. This slightly mitigates using XSS to steal credentials as you can no longer read the cookie with JavaScript and send it out, but obviously doesn’t stop phishing via any means. Many sites do use HttpOnly cookies but currently,  only Internet Explorer supports it. If you use a browser that doesn’t support it,  it simply is downgraded to a normal cookie. To be fair, Firefox 3 is planned to have support for it as well but it seems 9.5 will be out before FF3. At any rate, while this won’t stop XSS, it basically eliminates the risk of cookie theft.

Just remember though, cookie theft isn’t the only credentials that can be stolen with XSS or other methods. ‘Dynamic’ phishing methods that don’t rely on a third-party site are still somewhat hard to detect and should be watched out for.


Written by Rodney G

05/10/2007 at 1:37 pm

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Stolen history without Javascript and some news

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RSnake has writte up an excellent post on stealing a users browsing history without the use of Javascript. Apparently though, there was an obscure, though similar paper written before this. According to Mephisto in the comments, this detects history through multiple instances
of the browser. Probably because the browser gets updated and the site is 
using the visited: CSS if you visit it in once instance. Anyways, interesting stuff. Don’t forget to get the XSS book tomorrow!

Also, I’ve set up a new forum on one of my spare machines.
It’s not particularly secure right now as it’s using Debian packages. They tend to be a little out of date. But at least it’s stable. I’ll be making semi-regular backups, so it won’t be a huge issue if it’s hacked. Assuming your DNS updated by the time you read this, it should be at You’ll probably also notice the banner on the right. Yup. Easier sign-up for e-mails

Written by Rodney G

02/28/2007 at 9:49 pm

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A thousand dollars and a fancy phone.

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 There was an article going around on a few sites today about Acunetix stating that 70% of websites are at immediate risk of being breached. Soon after, Joe Snyder not only disputed this claim, but bet Acunetix 1000$ they couldn’t compromise 3 out of 10 sites. I could use a thousand bucks and I bet even randomly selected I could get at least 5 out of 10 sites. RSnake wrote a post with a bit more info.

Also, Iwatsu selected Opera for use in their new VoIP phone. From the press release,

PRECOT (Premium Communication Tool) is a next generation solution over a broadband IP connection for the enterprise market. With Opera, PRECOT users can access Web mail or any Web page from the convenience of their screen phones.

It will also have phone to tag support, which basically turns any numbers formatted like a phone number into a link, when it’s clicked the phone will call it. Pretty nifty stuff.

Too bad I dislike phones.

Written by Rodney G

02/14/2007 at 10:33 am

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