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CAPEC-181: Flash File Overlay

Attack Pattern ID: 181
Abstraction: Detailed
Status: Draft
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+ Description
An attacker creates a transparent overlay using flash in order to intercept user actions for the purpose of performing a clickjacking attack. In this technique, the Flash file provides a transparent overlay over HTML content. Because the Flash application is on top of the content, user actions, such as clicks, are caught by the Flash application rather than the underlying HTML. The action is then interpreted by the overlay to perform the actions the attacker wishes.
+ Typical Severity

Medium

+ Relationships

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+ Relevant to the view "Mechanisms of Attack" (CAPEC-1000)
NatureTypeIDName
ChildOfStandard Attack PatternStandard Attack Pattern - A standard level attack pattern in CAPEC is focused on a specific methodology or technique used in an attack. It is often seen as a singular piece of a fully executed attack. A standard attack pattern is meant to provide sufficient details to understand the specific technique and how it attempts to accomplish a desired goal. A standard level attack pattern is a specific type of a more abstract meta level attack pattern.103Clickjacking
+ Prerequisites
The victim must be tricked into navigating to the attackers' decoy site and performing the actions on the decoy page.
The victim's browser must support invisible Flash overlays.
+ Resources Required
The attacker must be able to force the Flash overlay over the decoy content.
+ Content History
Submissions
Submission DateSubmitterOrganization
2014-06-23CAPEC Content TeamThe MITRE Corporation

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