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XMLHttpRequest Object security bypass in Opera Web Browser

Vulnerability Note VU#612949

Original Release Date: 2005-06-28 | Last Revised: 2005-07-06


The Opera Web Browser fails to properly enforce security restrictions on the XMLHttpRequest Object. This may allow a remote, unauthenticated attacker to insert content from potentially malicious web sites.


The XMLHttpRequest Object is a scripting object that provides routines to make HTTP requests without needing to reload a webpage. This functionality can be used to include information from other pages. For security reasons, this functionality is restricted to only allow request to be made within the same domain. However, the Opera Web Browser fails to enforce this restriction and allows the XMLHttpRequest Object to access resources from other domains.


A remote, unauthenticated attacker may be able to access content and perform actions on web sites from a different domain. Attackers can leverage this vulnerability to launch social engineering attacks, such as phishing, in order to trick users into divulging personal information including, but not limited to, financial and medical data.



This issue was corrected in Opera 8.01.

Disable Scripting and Java

At a minimum, disable scripting, such as JavaScript and Java within the Opera web browser.

Vendor Information


Opera Software Affected

Updated:  June 24, 2005



Vendor Statement

We have not received a statement from the vendor.

Vendor Information

The vendor has not provided us with any further information regarding this vulnerability.


Please see the changelog for Opera 8.1 for information regarding security fixes in Opera.

If you have feedback, comments, or additional information about this vulnerability, please send us email.

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This vulnerability was reported in a Secunia Research Advisory. The advisory credits Jakob Balle, Secunia Research with discoivering this vulnerability.

This document was written by Jeff Gennari.

Other Information

CVE IDs: CVE-2005-1475
Severity Metric: 5.79
Date Public: 2005-06-16
Date First Published: 2005-06-28
Date Last Updated: 2005-07-06 14:53 UTC
Document Revision: 27

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