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Skype Account Service Reset Credentials

Skype Account Service Reset Credentials
Posted Nov 19, 2012
Authored by Benjamin Kunz Mejri, Chokri Ben Achor, Vulnerability Laboratory | Site vulnerability-lab.com

The Skype Account Service application suffered from a reset password/username vulnerability.

tags | exploit
SHA-256 | 47ad6f50220ee53830173e0377be0516841a8b60569695b59844b96a36e1e0a7

Skype Account Service Reset Credentials

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Skype Account Service - Reset (Session) Password/Username Vulnerability



MSRC ID: 13050[bc]



Common Vulnerability Scoring System:

Skype is a proprietary voice-over-Internet Protocol service and software application originally created in 2003 by Swedish entrepreneur
Niklas Zennström and his Danish partner Janus Friis. It has been owned by Microsoft since 2011. The service allows users to communicate
with peers by voice, video, and instant messaging over the Internet. Phone calls may be placed to recipients on the traditional telephone
networks. Calls to other users within the Skype service are free of charge, while calls to landline telephones and mobile phones are charged
via a debit-based user account system. Skype has also become popular for its additional features, including file transfer, and videoconferencing.
Competitors include SIP and H.323-based services, such as Linphone, as well as the Google Talk service, Mumble and Hall.com.

Skype has 663 million registered users as of September 2011. The network is operated by Microsoft, which has its Skype division headquarters
in Luxembourg. Most of the development team and 44% of the overall employees of the division are situated in Tallinn and Tartu, Estonia.

Unlike most other VoIP services, Skype is a hybrid peer-to-peer and client–server system. It makes use of background processing on computers
running Skype software. Skype`s original proposed name (Sky Peer-to-Peer) reflects this fact. Some network administrators have banned Skype
on corporate, government, home, and education networks, citing reasons such as inappropriate usage of resources, excessive bandwidth usage,
and security concerns.

(Copy of the Vendor Homepage: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skype)

The Vulnerability Laboratory Research Team discovered a critical session vulnerability in Microsofts Skype Account Service Application.

2012-10-01: Researcher Notification & Coordination (VL - Benjamin Kunz Mejri)
2012-10-11: Vendor Notification (Skype Security)
2012-10-11: Vendor Notification (MSRC)
2012-10-23: Vendor Response/Feedback (MSRC)
2012-11-12: Vendor Fix/Patch *Hotfix (Skype)
2012-11-16: Public Disclosure (Vulnerability Laboratory)


Affected Products:
Product: Skype Application & Software Account Service 2012 Q3



A critical Password Reset (session) vulnerability is detected in Microsofts Skype WebServer Auth System Application.
The vulnerability allows remote attackers without privileged application account to exchange and reset any skype account.

The critical application vulnerability is located in the recovery account function of the skype account service application.
In the recovery function is an auth request bound to the account session using the json form with jquery and the value of the intercape.
The request itself is not sanitized. The value only check if exist and if empty but not validate the context again. The attacker can
bypass the token protection via live session tamper to reset any account by exchanging the values local to his own. Exploitation
requires `processing to request` via jquery implement JSon form request. Since yet it is only manually possible to exploit the remote
vulnerability by using a session tamper tools like tamper data. A remote attacker can, for example bypass the token protection with
values like “*/+[New Account Details] or [New Account Details]+/*“ to reset random skype application accounts or infiltrate specific
choosen account by changing usernames or passwords.

Successful exploitation of the critical remote vulnerability result in skype account compromise, skype account infiltration,
mail information disclosure or lead to skype user account manipulation.

Vulnerable Service(s):
[+] Microsoft - Skype Service - https://login.skype.com/

Vulnerable Section(s):
[+] Account Application Service - https://login.skype.com/account

Vulnerable Module(s):
[+] Recovery Function - https://login.skype.com/account/password-automation

Vulnerable Module(s):
[+] JSon & jquery

Proof of Concept:
The vulnerability can be exploited by remote attacker without required user inter action.
For demonstration or reproduce ...

Required for Exploitation:
[+] Tamper Data or other live tamper software
[+] Web Browser like mozilla firefox, ie9 or chrome
[+] A random registered skype user account to get a not expired session

Exploitation Techique(s):
[+] Bypass the Skype Recovery Page (request tamper) to New Pass or Reset
[+] Bypass token protection via not empty value with positiv value(s) to match
[+] Hold the request via tamper include own values to setup the new password

Next Step(s):
[+] Decode captcha & send automatique value(s) -> Account Service (Remote Exploit)

[+] https://login.skype.com/account/password-automation

Video(PoC Demo):
[+] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RPTEaJftNw0

2012-11-12: Vendor Fix/Patch (Skype)

The security risk of the remote password and username reset (session) vulnerability is estimated as critical.

Vulnerability Laboratory [Research Team] - Benjamin Kunz Mejri (bkm@vulnerability-lab.com)
Vulnerability Laboratory [Research Team] - Chokri Ben Achour (meister@vulnerability-lab.com)

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