Browse Definitions:
Definition

covert redirect

Contributor(s): Matthew Haughn

Covert redirect is a security flaw that allows attackers to exploit an open redirect vulnerability.

Open redirects are a failure to check that a redirected URL is a valid one. The covert redirect attacker takes advantage of that weakness to pop up a fraudulent login window, subsequently stealing the login info and redirecting the user to a page that installs malware for more criminal purposes, such as identity theft.

Covert redirect was discovered by PhD student Wang Jing from Nanyang Technological University in June 2014. Wang Jinf's site, tetraph.com, claimed to demonstrate a vulnerability that affected major sites including Facebook, Google, Yahoo and Microsoft using Oauth and OpenID. According to Jing, the vulnerability enabled open redirect by stealing an Oauth token.

Contrary to initial reports, experts say covert redirect is not a Oauth- and OpenID-specific flaw but is more a problem of how security is handled in conjunction with enabling open redirect to third-party websites.

This was last updated in July 2014

Continue Reading About covert redirect

This Content Component encountered an error
This Content Component encountered an error

-ADS BY GOOGLE

File Extensions and File Formats

Powered by:

SearchCompliance

SearchSecurity

  • copyright

    Copyright is a legal term describing ownership of control of the rights to the use and distribution of certain works of creative ...

  • keylogger (keystroke logger or system monitor)

    A keylogger, sometimes called a keystroke logger or system monitor, is a type of surveillance technology used to monitor and ...

  • password

    A password is an unspaced sequence of characters used to determine that a computer user requesting access to a computer system is...

SearchHealthIT

SearchDisasterRecovery

  • business continuity plan (BCP)

    A business continuity plan (BCP) is a document that consists of the critical information an organization needs to continue ...

  • call tree

    A call tree -- sometimes referred to as a phone tree -- is a telecommunications chain for notifying specific individuals of an ...

  • mass notification system (MNS)

    A mass notification system is a platform that sends one-way messages to inform employees and the public of an emergency.

SearchStorage

  • CompactFlash card (CF card)

    A CompactFlash card (CF card) is a memory card format developed by SanDisk in 1994 that uses flash memory technology to store ...

  • email archiving

    Email archiving (also spelled e-mail archiving) is a systematic approach to saving and protecting the data contained in email ...

  • RAID (redundant array of independent disks)

    RAID (redundant array of independent disks) is a way of storing the same data in different places on multiple hard disks to ...

SearchSolidStateStorage

  • M.2 SSD

    An M.2 SSD is a solid-state drive (SSD) that conforms to a computer industry specification written for internally mounted storage...

  • NVMe (non-volatile memory express)

    NVMe (non-volatile memory express) is a host controller interface and storage protocol to enable a solid-state drive to use the ...

  • SSD RAID (solid-state drive RAID)

    SSD RAID (solid-state drive RAID) is a methodology commonly used to protect data by distributing redundant data blocks across ...

SearchCloudStorage

  • RESTful API

    A RESTful application program interface breaks down a transaction to create a series of small modules, each of which addresses an...

  • cloud storage infrastructure

    Cloud storage infrastructure is the hardware and software framework that supports the computing requirements of a private or ...

  • Zadara VPSA and ZIOS

    Zadara Storage provides block, file or object storage with varying levels of compute and capacity through its ZIOS and VPSA ...

Close