Mozilla

Mozilla Foundation Security Advisory 2007-32

File input focus stealing vulnerability

Announced
October 18, 2007
Reporter
hong, Charles McAuley
Impact
Moderate
Products
Firefox, SeaMonkey
Fixed in
  • Firefox 2.0.0.8
  • SeaMonkey 1.1.5

Description

A user on the Sla.ckers.org forums named hong reported that a file upload control could be filled programmatically by switching page focus to the label before a file upload form control for selected keyboard events. An attacker could use this trick to steal files from the users' computer if the attacker knew the full pathnames to the desired fileis and could create a pretext that would convince the user to type long enough to produce all the necessary characters.

This is a variant on a similar problem reported by Charles McAuley and independently rediscovered by Michal Zalewski that was fixed in Firefox 2.0.0.4.

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