WHERE'S THE CA$H: Internet Explorer 6.00. Outlook Express 6.00

From: http-equiv@excite.com
Date: 07/27/02

Date:         Sat, 27 Jul 2002 19:03:53 -0000
From: "http-equiv@excite.com" <http-equiv@MALWARE.COM>

Saturday, July 27, 2002

Trivial lead-up to yet another silent delivery and installation of an
executable on the target computer using Outlook Express 6. This can
be achieved combining several past possibilities, specifically the


and here:



XML. In order to achieve the required results as outlined in the
above, we must determine the location of the Temporary Internet File
[TIF] folders. This can only be achieved if we can physically open
up our file from within and read its location. Technically that can
only be achieved if we have a security dialogue prompt asking us for
permission. For security reasons all embedded and attached files are
transferred to the TIF upon opening the mail message. If we elect to
open the file through acceptance of the security warning dialogue, it
is opened from within the TIF by whatever program is associated with
that file.


Okay. XML. XML files are associated with Internet Explorer. It
utilises an XML parser to parse the file for display in Internet
Explorer. These files are peculiar little files that require an
additional file called a style sheet [*.xsl] in order to process
scripting and html. To do that, the file must be 'linked' to the XML
file like so:

 <?xml version="1.0"?>
<?xml-stylesheet type="text/xsl" href="malware.xsl" ?>

where malware.xsl can contain our scripting and html.


Well, for security purposes linking to a remote *.xsl fle is
denied: "permission denied", so instead we force our scripting and
html into the XML file and into the XML parser directly:

<?xml version="1.0" ?>
<?xml-stylesheet type="text/css"
href="http://www.malware.com/malware.css" ?>

<h4 style="position: absolute;top:39;left:expression(alert
repeat:no-repeat;background-position: 100 30;z-index:-
100;height:200pt;width:400pt;font-family:Verdana;color:red">sure it
can, malware says so</h4>

What this does is generate an error in the XML parser along with our
html and scripting, and as a consequence, having the file opened up
from within the TIF by Internet Explorer, we are once again able to
determine our TIF location. Couple that with the aforementioned past
possibilities and we are once again in business.

Working Example:

[nothing but text]


[screen shot: http://www.malware.com/x-ma.png 17KB]

Important Notes:

1.On several test machines, recollection is foggy as to default
status of *.xml in mail. Possibility is that 'confirm open after
download' is not default.
2. On several test occasions, scripting was fired in mail and
remotely on the web site despite 'active scripting off' both, however
not reproducible consistentantly and may be related to processor
speed and xml parser delay in parsing combination.
3. Test series of win98 machines, Internet Explorer 6.0.2600 and
Outlook Express 6.0.2600 bandages and all
4. None.

End Call