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Serious Vulnerability Allows Phishing Emails to Be Sent From Uber.com Domain

by Abeerah Hashim
Uber domain vulnerability

A security researcher recently found and disclosed a vulnerability to Uber for which the corporate giant refused to acknowledge. Exploiting the vulnerability allows an adversary to send fake emails via the “uber.com” domain.

Uber.com Domain Vulnerability Allows Fake Emails

In a recent tweet, bug bounty hunter Seif Elsallamy shared a snapshot revealing Uber’s response to his bug report. The messages in the screenshot hinted at Uber’s misunderstanding of a vulnerability as a social engineering attack.

Then, in another tweet, Elsallamy challenged Uber while sharing a snippet of the proof-of-concept (and taunting for a 2016 hack).

Elaborating further on this matter, Bleeping Computer revealed that the researcher specifically discovered a security vulnerability with the uber.com domain. The researcher observed that exploiting the vulnerability allows an adversary to send emails via Uber’s domain. In real-time, such exploitation can wage severe phishing attacks since the emails would appear legit to the recipient.

Demonstrating the PoC, Bleeping Computer explained how the researcher sent them an email from Uber’s domain with fake text. Since the email originated from legit servers, it arrived directly to the recipient mailbox, raising no red flags.

That fake email had a form asking the recipient to submit payment card details. This explained how an actual adversary can exploit the flaw to generate legit-looking phishing scams since the recipient would inevitably share the details with “Uber”.

According to Elsallamy, the vulnerability is an HTML injection flaw typically residing within an exposed endpoint on Uber servers.

Uber Denied A Fix

Upon finding this vulnerability, the researcher responsibly disclosed the bug to Uber via their HackerOne bug bounty program.

However, to his dismay, Uber officials did not acknowledge the flaw, calling it a “social engineering attack” (when it clearly isn’t).

Regarding the possible fix from Uber, the researcher told Bleeping Computer,

They need to sanitize the users’ input in the vulnerable undisclosed form. Since the HTML is being rendered, they might use a security encoding library to do HTML entity encoding so any HTML appears as text.

For now, it remains unclear if Uber plans to revert the decision on this bug report and fix the bug.

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