Vulnerability Note VU#705529

Apple Safari WebKit fails to properly handle a crafted URL

Original Release date: 18 Apr 2008 | Last revised: 18 Apr 2008


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.

Systems Affected (Learn More)

VendorStatusDate NotifiedDate Updated
Apple Computer, Inc.Affected-18 Apr 2008
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CVSS Metrics (Learn More)

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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
  • Date Public: 16 Apr 2008
  • Date First Published: 18 Apr 2008
  • Date Last Updated: 18 Apr 2008
  • Severity Metric: 9.90
  • Document Revision: 2


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