A URL address bar spoofing vulnerability if left unpatched could take mobile browsers to a fraudulent website where the attackers would steal the account credentials and credit card information of individuals.
Tod Beardsley, director of research at Rapid7, which disclosed the vulnerability, said the flaw, which has been patched by most major browser vendors, is an instance of CWE-451 from the Common Weakness Enumeration. It is cause for concern because victims on mobile devices can’t tell the difference between the real site and the fake site victims land on.
In its most common iteration, a user would either get lured to click on a link on a forum (Reddit) or social media site, or receive a text on their mobile device with a link that would take them to the fraudulent site. In every instance, once the user clicks, he’s asked to give up something, whether it’s credentials or credit card information.
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