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Apple Safari WebKit fails to properly handle a crafted URL

Vulnerability Note VU#705529

Original Release Date: 2008-04-18 | Last Revised: 2008-04-18


A vulnerability in the way Apple Mac OS X handles specially crafted URLs may allow an attacker to execute script in the context of another site..


According to Apple Safari 3.1.1:

An issue exists in WebKit's handling of URLs containing a colon character in the host name. Opening a maliciously crafted URL may lead to a cross-site scripting attack. This update addresses the issue through improved handling of URLs.

Note that this issue affects Safari for both Windows XP or Vista and Mac OS X.


This vulnerability may allow an attacker to execute script in the context of another site.


Apply Apple Updates
Apple has released an update to address this vulnerability. Refer to Apple Safari 3.1.1.

Vendor Information


Apple Computer, Inc. Affected

Updated:  April 18, 2008



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.


Refer to Apple Safari 3.1.1.

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This issue is adressed in Apple Safari 3.1.1. Apple credits Robert Swiecki of the Google Security Team, and David Bloom for reporting this issue.

This document was written by Chris Taschner.

Other Information

CVE IDs: CVE-2008-1025
Severity Metric: 9.90
Date Public: 2008-04-16
Date First Published: 2008-04-18
Date Last Updated: 2008-04-18 19:58 UTC
Document Revision: 2

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