Google Chrome, Firefox Address Bar Spoofing Vulnerability


Turns out one single right-to-left character in a URL can make the omnibox (Address Bar) freak out, and render it wrongly:

Placing neutral characters such as “/”, “ا” in filepath causes the URL to be flipped and displayed from Right To Left. In order for the URL to be spoofed the URL must begin with an IP address followed by neutral characters […] what matters is that the first strong character (generally, alphabetic character) in the URL must be an RTL character.

When typing inا/ into the omnibox, it will be displayed as‭ا/, which is obviously not … let this be a reminder to check also check for the green padlock being present when visiting well known sites.

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Published by Bramus!

Bramus is a frontend web developer from Belgium, working as a Chrome Developer Relations Engineer at Google. From the moment he discovered view-source at the age of 14 (way back in 1997), he fell in love with the web and has been tinkering with it ever since (more …)

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