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Category:   Application (E-mail Server)  >   GMail Vendors:   Google
Google Flaw Lets Remote Users Hijack Accounts
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1012001
SecurityTracker URL:  http://securitytracker.com/id/1012001
CVE Reference:   GENERIC-MAP-NOMATCH   (Links to External Site)
Date:  Oct 30 2004
Impact:   Disclosure of authentication information, User access via network
Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  

Description:   A vulnerability was reported in Google Gmail. A remote user can steal cookies to access a target user's account.

Nana NetLife Magazine (nana.co.il) reported a vulnerability in Google Gmail that was discovered by Israeli hacker Nir Goldshlagger.

A remote user can create a specially crafted link that, when loaded by the target user, will disclose the target user's cookie. With the target user's cookie, the remote user can then access the target user's account.

The report indicates that the specially crafted link will direct to the Gmail site.

No further details were provided.

Google has reportedly confirmed the flaw.

Impact:   A remote user can steal a target user's cookie to gain access to the target user's Gmail account.
Solution:   No solution was available at the time of this entry.
Vendor URL:  gmail.google.com/ (Links to External Site)
Cause:   Authentication error

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