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[Full-disclosure] HTTP Digest Integrity: Another look, in light of recent attacks

From: Timothy D. Morgan <tmorgan_at_nospam>
Date: Wed Jan 06 2010 - 01:15:19 GMT
To: bugtraq@securityfocus.com, full-disclosure@lists.grok.org.uk

Hello,

Some of you may be interested in this short technical note which includes some recent observations about TLS renegotiation and other issues:
  http://www.vsecurity.com/download/papers/HTTPDigestIntegrity.pdf

Comments welcome,
tim

Introduction



Recent history has proven that web communications security is highly lacking in redundancy. That is, simple breaks in common protocols, such as SSL/TLS or the authentication mechanisms which support it, often lead to catastrophic gaps in security. Recent examples of this fragile architecture abound, and even when protocols and implementations themselves are sound, research indicates browser user interfaces continue to leave room for serious attacks.

This paper explores how the seldom-used HTTP digest authentication protocol can be used to mitigate certain recent forms of attack, including SSL/TLS renegotiation and some types of HTTP request smuggling.

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