[OAUTH-WG] open redirect in rfc6749

Antonio Sanso <asanso@adobe.com> Wed, 03 September 2014 15:44 UTC

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From: Antonio Sanso <asanso@adobe.com>
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Subject: [OAUTH-WG] open redirect in rfc6749
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hi *,

IMHO providers that strictly follow rfc6749 are vulnerable to open redirect.
Let me explain, reading [0]

If the request fails due to a missing, invalid, or mismatching
   redirection URI, or if the client identifier is missing or invalid,
   the authorization server SHOULD inform the resource owner of the
   error and MUST NOT automatically redirect the user-agent to the
   invalid redirection URI.

   If the resource owner denies the access request or if the request
   fails for reasons other than a missing or invalid redirection URI,
   the authorization server informs the client by adding the following
   parameters to the query component of the redirection URI using the
   "application/x-www-form-urlencoded" format, per Appendix B<https://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc6749#appendix-B>:

Now let’s assume this.
I am registering a new client to the victim.com<http://victim.com> provider.
I register redirect uri attacker.com<http://attacker.com>.

According to [0] if I pass e.g. the wrong scope I am redirected back to attacker.com<http://attacker.com>.
Namely I prepare a url that is in this form:


and this is works as an open redirector.
Of course in the positive case if all the parameters are fine this doesn’t apply since the resource owner MUST approve the app via the consent screen (at least once).

A solution would be to return error 400 rather than redirect to the redirect URI (as some provider e.g. Google do)




[0] https://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc6749#section-