I found this - can anyone provide me examples of how these issues are exploited?


Flash is jailed by the some-origin policy and can only act upon a site that loads the flash applet with scripting access enabled.

However, flash can become a vector for XSS. The demo above lists various XSS vectors. So for example in the extremely unlikely condition where you are loading a flash applet where the attacker can control the loadMovieNumVar variable then an attacker could execute JavaScript in the context of the site by setting this variable to javascript:alert('gotcha!').

XSS is extremely common and there are many ways that this attack can manifest. Flash based XSS is one way, and its also extremely uncommon.

  • So if attacker finds url like this : demo.testfire.net/vulnerable.swf?loadMovieNumVar=XSS he can try to exploit xss issue? – Daniel Dec 6 '12 at 18:43
  • @user1203028 No... flash doesn't usually accept GET parameters like that, that is usually used by server-side code. Flash accepts these parameters defined in the <object> tag. – rook Dec 6 '12 at 18:45
  • So if user input is reflected anywhere inside these dangerous parameters , than XSS can be exploited.Since GET is not an option. – Daniel Dec 6 '12 at 19:07
  • @user1203028 yep – rook Dec 6 '12 at 19:22

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