Google Urchin Password Theft Madness

There is a trivially exploitable XSS vul on Google Urchin Web Analytics 5's login page. The vulnerability has been tested on versions 5.6.00r2, 5.7.01, 5.7.02 and 5.7.03 (latest). Previous versions are most likely to be affected as well. In case you didn't know, Google Urchin is the install version of Google Analytics.

I reported the issue to Google back on Jul 25 and was confirmed by their security team. They are now working on a fix. My original plan was to publish this info after a fix would be released. However, the issue has also been found by other folks about a month ago. As usual, the researcher loses credit when following the responsible disclosure route. Here is the boring POC:


You might have heard before that a XSS vulnerability on a login page is nasty. However most people think that the worst thing you can do is inject a form in order to perform a phishing attack. Although it's true this is a good example of what you can do, we can also do more advanced XSS phishing attacks that are even harder to detect. My two favorite tricks when finding a XSS vul on a login page are:

The following video shows the previous exploit in action. I don't think the quality of the video is that good, but oh well. Basically what it shows is how after visiting the exploit URL, the username and password are sent to in the background. I use Paros in the video to demonstrate that the credentials do indeed get sent to

If you look at the code, you'll notice that we wait 1.5 secs using the setTimeout() function before forwarding the credentials to the evil site. The reason for this is because we need to let the browser auto-complete the fields before performing the redirect. Otherwise the value of the username and password field would be blank by the time we steal them.

_The PoC has been tested on the latest version of FF ( at time of writing) and does not work on IE 7, but might work on IE 6. This doesn't mean you cannot do a auto-complete password theft attack on IE 7, it just needs a bit of more work! If you want to know the reason behind this difference is that IE 7 requires the user to first type or choose the username from the auto-complete drop-down menu, before_ the password field is automatically filled.