Evolving web security model v1.1 - Portland OWASP May 29 2014
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Evolving web security model v1.1 - Portland OWASP May 29 2014



Is there a single cohesive security model for the web ? No, there is not. What exists today is the result of the original same-origin policy and its evolution in many directions as a response to new ...

Is there a single cohesive security model for the web ? No, there is not. What exists today is the result of the original same-origin policy and its evolution in many directions as a response to new threats and attacks. Where did we start, what tools are available to web developers to protect their sites and users, and where might we go in the future as the line between websites and native applications continues to become more and more blurry ? Join us on a journey through the past, present, and future of the web security model and its continuing evolution.



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Evolving web security model v1.1 - Portland OWASP May 29 2014 Evolving web security model v1.1 - Portland OWASP May 29 2014 Presentation Transcript

  • The Evolving Web Security Model Ian Melven @imelven Version 1.1 - Portland OWASP - May 2014 Version 1.0 - BSides Vancouver - March 2013
  • Who is this imelven character ? * Employed by New Relic in beautiful Portland, Oregon as an application security engineer * Previously worked at Mozilla, Adobe, Symantec, McAfee, @stake * I <3 the web and hacking the planet
  • What is the web security model ? * Is there a single, consistent, unified web security model ? * No. * There are lots of different parts with slightly different rules * The web has grown organically, and so has its security
  • A journey through time and space * Same Origin Policy * CORS * Content Security Policy * iframe sandbox * HSTS * SSL, CA's and cert pinning * Subresource Integrity (SRI) * The future : web apps, Service Workers, APIs, frameworks, site isolation
  • The 'Sort-Of' Same Origin Policy * first in Netscape Navigator 2 - needed for frames * scheme://host:port * Some stuff is accessible cross domain (setting window. location), some stuff used to be but isn’t now (window. history), some stuff (cookies) is not truly same origin * document.domain is weird and sketchy * Imagine if SOP had been used to check loads - no mixed content ! (no cross origin content too though.. )
  • XmlHttpRequest and Same Origin * XHR first in IE 5.0 in 1999 [wikipedia] * Initially enforced same origin policy * Web developers started using XHR, immediately started working around SOP restriction using proxies * Major hassle (and possibly insecure)
  • CORS * Cross Origin Resource Sharing * Access-Control-Allow-Origin and friends * Flash Player 7 - crossdomain.xml (2003) * CORS started as "Authorizing Read Access to XML Content Using the <?access-control?> Processing Instruction 1.0" in the W3C in 2005 * W3C candidate recommendation January 2013, also under development in WHATWG fetch spec * W3C Recommendation January 16 2014 !
  • Put a CORS on it * Good tool - can cover new use cases ! * CORS in Canvas - https://developer.mozilla. org/en-US/docs/HTML/CORS_Enabled_Image * CORS in webgl - https://hacks.mozilla. org/2011/11/using-cors-to-load-webgl- textures-from-cross-domain-images/ bird image : Andreas Plank [CC-BY-SA-3.0]
  • Content Security Policy (CSP)
  • CSP - A Policy To Secure Content * Basic idea is to restrict where a document can load various types of content from * This includes whether inline scripts or the use of eval() are allowed * This includes whether styles can be applied via <style> elements and attributes * default-src: * ; script-src: unsafe-inline unsafe-eval ; style-src: unsafe-inline
  • Brief History of CSP : The Idea * Brandon Sterne drove initial CSP implementation at Mozilla - he credits RSnake and Gerv for the idea, and Jeremiah Grossman for helping make it happen * The RSnake and Gerv posts describing the idea are from 2007
  • Brief History of CSP : Towards a spec * initial implementation in Firefox 4.0 using X-Content-Security-Policy - March 2011 * predates the W3C spec which evolved CSP syntax from this initial first cut * X-Webkit-CSP in Chrome 13 - August 2011 and Safari 6 (July 2012) * Working Draft of spec - November 2011
  • Brief History of CSP : 1.0, 1.1 and beyond * 1.0 spec became Candidate Recommendation in November 2012 * Chrome has unprefixed Content-Security-Policy header support in Chrome 25, Firefox 23, CSP sandbox support in IE10 * BREAKING : CSP ‘under development’ for IE ! * no need to send both headers or use different syntaxes ! * CSP 1.1 spec - latest working draft is February 2014 - under development - sticking point seems to be leakage via reports
  • 20134 - The Year Of The Linux Desktop CSP * Isaac Dawson's research (2012) - 79 out of top 1 million websites serve a CSP header of some kind >:O * But momentum seems to be building - 2014 update - 355 sites using unprefixed CSP header ! * Libraries : helmet and secureheaders / angular.js * Tools : proxies, browser addons, generators, more ! * script-nonce & script-hash are in CSP 1.1 and implemented * For ideas and strategies on how to roll out CSP in your org, see me talk about this at https://www.youtube. com/watch?v=vpKB-yWn79U#t=758
  • CSP - apps and extensions ! * Used by Firefox OS apps, Chrome extensions, and Chrome apps * App knows (to a large extent) what content it needs to load * Default CSP means apps can’t use risky things like eval()
  • iframe sandbox * Bugzilla Bug 341604 - filed 2006 as “implement IE's "security" attribute for IFRAMEs to help webmail providers” - became “implement WHATWG iframe sandbox spec” in 2010 * No plugins, unique origin, no form submission, different navigation rules (especially for top level windows), cannot open new windows, no scripts, no pointer lock * Can opt back in using allow- keywords * New keywords not backwards compatible :(
  • The Strange and Wonderful World of the iframe sandbox * Widely supported… but anecdotally barely used ? * CSP sandbox - what's that about ? Imagine A.html contains B.html in an iframe - A sandboxes B - but accessing B directly removes sandboxing. * The weirdness of allow-same-origin
  • You got your CSP in my iframe sandbox * Both of these mechanisms aim to do the same thing - restrict what content can do * Different approaches : CSP much more granular, sandbox more coarse grained * iframe CSP attribute ? <meta> CSP is in the spec ? * Some sort of CSP JS API ? - debated, discussed, but nothing yet.
  • HSTS (HTTP Strict Transport Security) * ForceHTTPS addon - Collin Jackson, Adam Barth - 2008 * Original draft spec - Jeff Hodges, Collin Jackson, Adam Barth - September 2009 * RFC 6797 - published November 2012 * The preload list and problems with it - https://blog.mozilla. org/security/2012/11/01/preloading-hsts/ * Preload list is NOT standardized
  • HSTS Quirks * HSTS is an 'internal' redirect * Interaction with CSP * Interaction with mixed content * HSTS does not allow override per spec * Not supported in IE currently - but under development (the trolling worked)
  • SSL/CA system/Certificate Pinning * SSL/CA system has… issues * Revocation : CRL -> OCSP -> OCSP stapling / CRLsets * Alternate systems : Perspectives, Convergence, Certificate Transparency * CA pinning - http://tools.ietf.org/html/draft- ietf-websec-key-pinning-04 * Pinning preload list - not standardized !
  • Open Questions on Preloads * How do we maintain a central canonical list for HSTS and pinning preload ? * Who should do this ? Who do we trust to do this ? * Decentralized, DNS approach - not going to work here ?
  • Subresource Integrity * Proposed in 2005 - Gervase Markham’s “Link Fingerprints” - discussed on WHATWG list through 2006 * New W3C spec - First Public Working Draft 18 March 2014 * SSL authenticates the server but NOT the content * Use a hash (e.g. SHA-256) to make sure the content being loaded is exactly what you think it is e.g. downloads, 3rd party scripts * Potentially can load content over HTTP, relax mixed content blocking, etc.
  • The Future : “Web Apps” * Web apps is an overloaded term - sites (e.g. gmail) vs packaged apps * Single page, thick client JS based apps using Angular and other such frameworks - changes landscape for content injections, CSRF protection, etc. * Packaged web apps - why would you need to ‘install’ a web app ?
  • The Future : Native APIs for Web Pages * Scary from a security perspective ! * Not all apps should have access to all apis * Web pages should not have access to all apis
  • The Future : “Web Apps” Security Model spec/standard ? * sysapps WG - began in May 2012 - http://www.w3. org/2012/sysapps/ * "define a runtime environment, security model, and associated APIs for building Web applications with comparable capabilities to native applications.” * Since v1.0 of this talk, Runtime and Security Model spec has been abandoned and replaced with App Lifecycle - which covers installation, etc. but doesn’t talk about permissions or security… * w3c has a Manifest spec - doesn’t cover permissions - allows vendor specific extensions (like CSP perhaps ?)
  • The Future : “Web Apps” - Service Workers * Service Workers - “event-driven scripts that run independently of web pages” - can process navigations, do caching * The replacement for “much maligned” AppCache - handling “offline” use of apps * Must be same origin with the page that installed them * They handle requests for content on that origin) * Also can include resources via importScripts() API * The installing page must be served over HTTPS * "ServiceWorkers create the opportunity for a bad actor to turn a bad day into a bad eternity. "
  • The Future : Site Isolation * Per process site (NOT origin) isolation in browsers - Chrome has been investigating this * Paper: "App Isolation : Get the Security of Multiple Browsers with Just One" * IPC performance is critical, more processes = more memory (think mobile) * Pretty close to process per installed (web) app ?
  • The Future : Security conscious frameworks ? * Paper: Privilege Separation in HTML5 Applications * Idea is to use some of the mechanisms discussed earlier to build web apps with components of different privilege and a restricted interface between them * Sandboxes inside of sandboxes inside of sandboxes
  • The Cycle of History Continues... * ‘Web security model’ is constantly evolving as new attacks are discovered and new apis/capabilities are added to the web * The web itself is constantly evolving - Installed web apps and Angular/single page apps in 2014 vs cgi-bin webmail in the mid 90’s * What about ‘breaking the web’ ? * We are making progress ! (I think?) and recording our learnings in specs/standards, experimenting and incrementally building
  • To Shape The Future * There is still much further to go (understatement) * Browser implementors and standards folk need feedback from people trying to use these mechanisms to protect websites or in apps * What works ? What doesn’t ? what are the pain points ? * w3c public-webappsec mailing list, IETF websec mailing list
  • A Final Thought [from a 1/8/2013 post to the whatwg list discussing the need to account for “native” APIs in the html 5 spec’s security model ] "I suspect we'll need more of that sort of thing as time goes on. Which means the security model will likely need to evolve. Put another way, I think we have good evidence that the security model in the spec, as well as that in every browser, Gecko included, is wrong in the same sense that Newtonian mechanics is wrong. The problem is that we don't know what our equivalent of special relativity is yet." - Boris Zbarsky
  • Shout outs Thank you for attending ! * New Relic Security Team - Shaun Gordon, Adam Kuncewitch, Rafae Bhatti * Mozilla Security - Sid Stamm, Dan Veditz, Garrett Robinson, David Chan, Tanvi Vyas, David Keeler, Monica Chew, Camilo Viecco * Mike West * Deneb Meketa * Neil Matatall and the rest of the CSP SuperFriends * Brad Hill * Boris Zbarsky * Everyone working to improve web security in the past, present, and future * Andy C, Ed Rush, Optical, Trace
  • Questions ?
  • Resources https://www.frederik-braun.com/thesis/ Origin Policy Enforcement in Modern Browsers - A Case Study on Same Origin Policy Implementations - frederik braun, Ruhr Universitat Bochum http://www.slideshare.net/BradHill2/w3-conf- hillhtml5securityrealities - Brad Hill http://seclab.stanford.edu/websec/origins/fgo.pdf - Beware of Finer-Grained Origins - Collin Jackson and Adam Barth http://lcamtuf.coredump.cx/postxss/ - Postcards from the post- XSS world - Michal Zalewski
  • Resources http://www.html5rocks.com/en/tutorials/security/content- security-policy/ - Mike West http://deadliestwebattacks.files.wordpress. com/2013/02/javascript-security-html5.pdf - Javascript & HTML5 Security - Mike Shema (BSides SF 2013) https://mikewest.org/2013/02/securing-the-client-side-devoxx- 2012 - Securing the Client Side - Mike West
  • Resources http://www.cs.berkeley. edu/~devdatta/papers/LeastPrivileges.pdf - Privilege Separation in HTML5 Applications - Devdatta Akhawe, Prateek Saxena, Dawn Song - UC Berkeley http://www.html5rocks. com/en/tutorials/security/sandboxed-iframes/ - Mike West http://www.cs.berkeley.edu/~afelt/ - Adrienne Porter Felt - several papers on permissions, particularly on Android
  • Resources http://www.veracode.com/blog/2012/11/security-headers- report/ - Security Headers On The Top 1,000,000 Websites - Isaac Dawson https://blog.veracode.com/2014/03/security-headers-on- the-top-1000000-websites-march-2014-report/ - March 2014 update - Isaac Dawson
  • Resources CSP Tools : https://github.com/Munter/contentsecure/tree/master/lib https://addons.mozilla.org/en- US/firefox/addon/newusercspdesign/ https://github.com/Kennysan/CSPTools http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public- webappsec/2014Jan/0075.html
  • Resources Service Worker spec : https://slightlyoff.github. io/ServiceWorker/spec/service_worker/index.html Service Worker “explainer” : https://github. com/slightlyoff/ServiceWorker/blob/master/explainer.md Link Fingerprints - Gervase Markham - http://blog.gerv. net/2005/03/link_fingerprin_1/ Subresource Integrity spec : http://www.w3.org/TR/SRI/