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Author:     <github.com/tintinweb>
Ref:        https://github.com/tintinweb/pub/tree/master/pocs/cve-2017-18016
Version:    0.3
Date:       Jun 16th, 2017

Tag:        parity same origin policy bypass webproxy token reuse


Name:           parity
Vendor:         paritytech
References:     * https://parity.io/ [1]

Version:        1.6.8
Latest Version: 1.7.12 (stable) - fixed
                1.8.5 (beta) - fixed
Other Versions: <= 1.6.10 (stable) - vulnerable
Platform(s):    cross
Technology:     rust js

Vuln Classes:   CWE-346
Origin:         local (remote website, malicious dapp)
Min. Privs.:    ---

CVE:            CVE-2017-18016


quote website [1]

Parity Technologies is proud to present our powerful new Parity Browser. Integrated directly into your Web browser, Parity is the fastest and most secure way of interacting with the Ethereum network.


PoC: https://tintinweb.github.io/pub/pocs/cve-2017-18016/ [4]

Parity Browser <=1.6.8 allows remote attackers to bypass the Same Origin Policy and obtain sensitive information by requesting other websites via the Parity web proxy engine (reusing the current website's token, which is not bound to an origin).

parity cookie

(A) Ethereum Parity's built-in dapp/web-browsing functionality is
rendering browser same-origin policy (SOP) ineffective by proxying requests with the parity main process. As a result, any website navigated to ends up being origin http://localhost:8080. This also means that all websites navigated to share the same origin and thus are not protected by the browser SOP allowing any proxied website/dapp to access another proxied website/dapp's resources (Cookies, ...).

//see attached PoC - index.html / PoC

parity frame

(B) Worse, due to the structure of proxy cache urls and the fact that they contain a reusable non-secret non-url specific cache-token it is possible for one proxied website/dapp to navigate to any other proxied website/dapp gaining full script/XHR control due to (A) the SOP being applied without any restrictions. This could allow a malicious website/dapp to take control of another website/dapp, performing user interactions, XHR or injecting scripts/DOM elements to mislead the user or to cause other unspecified damage.

When navigating to a website with the built-in parity webbrowser a webproxy request token is requested and sent along an encoded request for an url. For example, navigating parity to http://oststrom.com the url gets turned into a proxy url like of the form[base32_encode(token+url)]. A malicious dapp can use this information to decode its own url, extract the token and reuse it for any other url as the token is not locked to the url. The PoC exploits this in order to load any other website into a same-origin iframe by reusing the proxy token.

Code see [2]

//see attached PoC - index.html / PoC

Proof of Concept


  • (if hosted locally) modify /etc/hosts to resolve your testdomain to your webserver
  • make index.html accessible on a webserver (e.g. cd /path/to/index.html; python -m SimpleHTTPServer 80)
  1. launch parity, navigate to the built-in webbrowser (
  2. navigate the built-in parity webbrowser to where the PoC index.html is hosted (e.g. [4])
  3. follow the instructions.
  4. Issue 1: navigate to some websites to have them set cookies, reload the PoC page and click "Display Cookies". Note that while the main request is proxied by parity, subsequent calls might not be (e.g. xhr, resources). That means you'll only see cookies set by the main site as only the initial call shares the origin localhost:8080.
  5. Issue 2: enter an url into the textbox and hit Spawn SOP Iframe. A new iframe will appear on the bottom of the page containing the proxied website. Note that the calling website has full script/dom/xhr access to the proxied target. You can also use the "Display Cookies" button from Issue 1 to show cookies that have been merged into the origin by loading the proxied iframe.
  6. Demo 2: Just a PoC to find local-lan web interfaces (e.g. your gateways web interface) and potentially mess with its configuration (e.g. router with default password on your lan being reconfigured by malicious dapp that excploits the token reuse issue 2)

//tested with latest chrome


  • Commit [3] (first in 1.7.0)
  • Does not fix Issue #1 - sites are generally put into same origin due to proxy
  • Fixes Issue #2 - Token Reuse
  • Parity now added a note that browsing websites with their browser is insecure

parity fixed

  • Issue #1 is not yet fixed as the cookie of instagram.com is still shown.
  • Parity v1.7.12 added a note.


31.05.2017 - first contact, forwarded to parity
17.06.2017 - provided PoC
19.06.2017 - response: not critical issue due to internal browser being a dapp browser and not a generic web browser
20.06.2017 - provided more information
21.06.2017 - response: not critical issue due to internal browser being a dapp browser and not a generic web browser
21.06.2017 - response: follow-up - looking into means to lock the token to a website
22.06.2017 - fix ready [3]
10.01.2018 - public disclosure


[1] https://parity.io/
[2] https://github.com/paritytech/parity/blame/e8b418ca03866fd952d456830b30e9225c81035a/dapps/src/web.rs
[3] https://github.com/paritytech/parity/commit/53609f703e2f1af76441344ac3b72811c726a215
[4] https://tintinweb.github.io/pub/pocs/cve-2017-18016/