Proxy auto-config (PAC) files have access to full HTTPS URLs
Original Release date: 04 Aug 2016 | Last revised: 04 Aug 2016

Overview
Web proxy auto-config (PAC) files are passed the full HTTPS URL in GET requests which may expose sensitive data.

Description

CWE-212: Improper Cross-boundary Removal of Sensitive Data – CVE-2016-5134 (Google), CVE-2016-1801 (Apple)
Web proxy auto-configuration files (proxy.pac) have access to the full URL including the path and parameters in HTTPS GET requests, which may expose sensitive data intended to be protected by HTTPS.

This information is passed to the FindProxyForURL() function in the proxy.pac.

The PAC file is often retrieved by the browser automatically using the WPAD protocol.

An attacker in the position to conduct man-in-the-middle attacks may provide a malicious PAC file capable of exploiting the FindProxyForURL() function to exfiltrate sensitive data.

Impact

An attacker who can provide a specially crafted PAC file can read URLs, including the path and query string, which may contain sensitive information intended to be protected by HTTPS.

Solution

Apply an update.Apply the latest updates to your browser, see Vendor Information section below.Users who are unable to or do not wish to update their browsers should consider the following workaround.

Disable WPAD.If proxy auto-configuration is not necessary, consider disabling WPAD functionality for your browser.

Vendor Information (Learn More)

This vendors listed below are suspected to be affected by the vulnerability. Other browser vendors not listed may be affected as well.

The CERT/CC has no further evidence that any particular vendor is impacted unless marked Affected; vendors are encouraged to reach out to us to clarify their status.

Vendor
Status
Date Notified
Date Updated
Apple
Affected
27 Jul 2016
04 Aug 2016
Google
Affected
27 Jul 2016
04 Aug 2016
Mozilla
Affected
27 Jul 2016
04 Aug 2016
Opera
Affected
27 Jul 2016
04 Aug 2016
Microsoft Corporation
Unknown
27 Jul 2016
04 Aug 2016
If you are a vendor and your product is affected, let us know.
CVSS Metrics (Learn More)
Group
Score
Vector
Base
2.9
AV:A/AC:M/Au:N/C:P/I:N/A:N
Temporal
2.3
E:POC/RL:OF/RC:C
Environmental
1.7
CDP:ND/TD:M/CR:ND/IR:ND/AR:ND

References

Credit
Thanks to Bas Venis for reporting this vulnerability. We also would like to thank Itzik Kotler and Amit Klien for their presentation at Black Hat 2016, and Alex Chapman and Paul Stone for their presentation at DEF CON 24
This document was written by Trent Novelly.

Other Information
CVE IDs: CVE-2016-5134 CVE-2016-1801
Date Public: 04 Aug 2016
Date First Published: 04 Aug 2016
Date Last Updated: 04 Aug 2016
Document Revision: 18

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