Open Redirect

By
Anandhu Krishnan
Published on
13 May 2024
Vulnerability

Description

Open redirection vulnerabilities occur when an application unsafely incorporates user-controllable data into a redirection target. Attackers can exploit this to redirect users to arbitrary external domains, facilitating phishing attacks. The use of a legitimate application URL and valid SSL certificate adds credibility to the phishing attempt, as many users may not notice the redirection to a different domain.

Recommendation

Validate and restrict user inputs for redirection targets, allowing only a predefined list of trusted URLs. Avoid using user-supplied data directly in redirection functions, and implement security mechanisms to detect and prevent open redirection attempts.

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Written by
Anandhu Krishnan
Anandhu Krishnan
Lead Engineer
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