Only a fraction of mobile apps are currently written in HTML5 – but if 50 percent of applications are written in the markup language by 2016, as experts predict, then a whole lot of smartphones could soon be at risk of a new Cross-Device Scripting (XDS) attack that researchers have been investigating.
In the paper, “XDS: Cross-Device Scripting Attacks on Smartphones through HTML5-based Apps,” Xing Jin, Tongbo Luo, Derek G. Tsui, and Wenliang Du, researchers with Syracuse University, explore how anyone running vulnerable HTML5-based apps on their smartphones – including iPhones, Blackberry’s and Android-based devices – is at risk of malicious code injection.
Attackers can inject the malicious code through a number of different commonly used channels, including Wi-Fi scanning, SMS messaging, scanning of 2D barcodes, Bluetooth pairing, and even through the playing of MP3 audio or MP4 videos, Du told SCMagazine.com on Monday.
The injection via Wi-Fi scanning is particularly interesting because it does not require a user to connect to the attacker’s network, just to locate it using a vulnerable HTML5-based app, Du said, explaining an attacker can circumvent the 32 byte length limitation and inject more effective malicious code by using multiple Wi-Fi access points.
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