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CAPEC-384: Application API Message Manipulation via Man-in-the-Middle

 
Application API Message Manipulation via Man-in-the-Middle
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Attack Pattern ID: 384
Abstraction: Meta
Status: Draft
Completeness: Stub
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+ Summary

An attacker manipulates either egress or ingress data from a client within an application framework in order to change the content of messages. Performing this attack can allow the attacker to gain unauthorized privileges within the application, or conduct attacks such as phishing, deceptive strategies to spread malware, or traditional web-application attacks. The techniques require use of specialized software that allow the attacker to man-in-the-middle communications between the web browser and the remote system. Despite the use of MITM software, the attack is actually directed at the server, as the client is one node in a series of content brokers that pass information along to the application framework. Additionally, it is not true "Man-in-the-Middle" attack at the network layer, but an application-layer attack the root cause of which is the master applications trust in the integrity of code supplied by the client.

+ Target Attack Surface

Target Attack Surface Description

Targeted OSI Layers: Application Layer

Target Attack Surface Localities

Server-side

Target Attack Surface Types: Host

Target Functional Services

Target Functional Service 1: None
Protocol 1: HTTP
Related Protocol: Internet Protocol
Relationship Type
Uses Protocol
Related Protocol: Transmission Control Protocol
Relationship Type
Uses Protocol
+ Attack Prerequisites
  • Targeted software is utilizing application framework APIs

+ Typical Severity

Low

+ Resources Required

A software program that allows a user to man-in-the-middle communications between the client and server, such as a man-in-the-middle proxy.

+ References
[R.384.1] [REF-25] Tom Stracener and Sean Barnum. "So Many Ways [...]: Exploiting Facebook and YoVille". Defcon 18. 2010.
+ Content History
Submissions
SubmitterOrganizationDateSource
CAPEC Content TeamThe MITRE Corporation2014-06-23Internal_CAPEC_Team
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