IE 5.0 security vulnerability - reading local (and from any domain, probably window spoofing is possible) files using IFRAME and document.execCommand

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Internet Explorer 5.0 allows reading local files, text and HTML files from any domain and probably window spoofing (have not tested window spoofing but believe it is possible) It is also possible in some cases to read files behind fiewall.


The problem is the combination of IFRAME and document.execCommand.
Normally, you cannot use execCommand on an IFRAME from another domain. But if you do:
"IFRAME.focus(); document.execCommand" then command will be executed in the IFRAME
(some commands do not work in this way, but some do and that is enough).
So, we create an IFRAME with SRC="file://c:/test.txt" and inject JavaScript code in it. When the
JavaScript code is executed, it is executed in the security context of the IFRAME - the "file:" protocol.
The injection is done using the "InsertParagraph" command (guess other commands will do) which sets the ID of the paragraph.
But if you place a " in the ID, then a STYLE tag may be inserted also.
The JavaScript code is injected using the STYLE tag: STYLE="left:expression(eval(JSCode))"
This vulnerability may be exploited using HTML email message or a newsgroup posting.

The code is:
alert("Create text file c:\\test.txt and it will be read");
function f()
<IFRAME ID="I1" SRC="file://c:/test.txt"></IFRAME>

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