Duplicate and was done before Partitioned HTTP Cache was added. (XS-Search | XS-Leaks Wiki) (Cache Probing | XS-Leaks Wiki)
Allowed leaking email content cross-site.

Oct 25, 2020 11:21PM

Created issue (on behalf of redacted). Summary: On a successful search on Gmail the send_googblue_20dp.png is cached which maybe exploited with timing attacks (XS-Search)

Proof of concept: https://drive.google.com/file/d/redacted Steps to reproduce:

  1. Run javascript in proof of concept
  2. It can then be tested by using checkContent("Google", send2x).then(console.log) it should return true/false depending on the result of the search

It maybe send1x depending on the image used by Gmail.

Browser/OS: Chrome, Windows 10

The script works by first opening a window on https://mail.google.com/mail Then using window.location to perform a search like https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#search/Google Then it detects if the send_googblue_20dp.png image is cached if it is the search was successful after that the image then get purged from the cache.

This probably would not be possible if the cache was not shared.

Attack scenario: I think malicious javascript running on a different website could perform an XS-Search attack on someones Gmail account and search by letter to get email contents. Because mail.google.com would not allow iframes to be used window.open is used instead this maybe suspicious to the user but it could be done when the device is idle or using a popunder.

Oct 25, 2020 11:21PM

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Oct 26, 2020 10:00PM

Status: Duplicate of 1337 Hello,

We have identified this issue to be in a family of XS-Search attacks. In order to fix this kind of issues, we are now considering larger scale changes to the behavior of our products. We are doing this in a few ways:

As all this work is already undergoing, for now we consider vulnerability reports in this area to be duplicates, unless they significantly change our understanding of our defenses and mitigations. See https://sites.google.com/site/bughunteruniversity/nonvuln/xsleaks for a more comprehensive description.

That said - if you think we misunderstood your report, and this issue does not meet the above criteria, feel free to let us know.