FirstBlood-#559XSS on internet explorer in the login page using the referer header
This issue was discovered on FirstBlood v2

On 2021-10-26, sumzer0 Level 2 reported:

Hi, I found a reflected xss on firstblood v2 in the login.php page. If you visit this page with a referer header set, the content of the referer header will be stored inside href attribute of the "Return to previous page" <a> tag.

In Internet Explorer the referer header is not url encoded so we can exploit this by creating a simple html page that will redirect the user to the login.php page of firstblood. Then we can visit this page and we can put our payload in a get parameter.

The attacker page (e.g iexss.html) will have this code:

        <form action="" method="get">
            <input type="submit" value="Submit">

If we go to this url:'onclick='alert(document.domain)'

and press on "Return to previous page" the xss will fire:

If the victim visits the malicious link he will be redirected to the vulnerable page with the payload in the referer and then if the victims clicks on "Return to previous page" the xss will fire.

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FirstBlood ID: 19
Vulnerability Type: Reflective XSS

The parameter ?ref= on login.php was fixed and instead the use of $_SERVER['HTTP_REFERER']; was used. Patrice tested in Chrome and Firefox and saw it was secure, but some users still use Internet Explorer 10 (governments for example!) and the Referer header is vulnerable to reflective XSS.

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Nice find, thanks for providing a working PoC and mentioning it only works on IE. Some users reported that the referrer was vulnerable but the payload provided wouldn't work, and no mention of browser. So great work with clear repo steps. Perfect!