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Open Redirect (ORED) vulnerability

What is an ORED vulnerability and how to prevent it?

Open Redirect occurs when a vulnerable web page is redirected to a non-compliant page that may compromise the user.

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What is an Open Redirect vulnerability ?

Open redirect attacks usually happen with a phishing attack because the changed vulnerable link is identical to the original site, increasing the likelihood of success of the phishing attack.
This vulnerability is often exists in web applications where the redirection is set with a "GET" parameter in the URL.

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Example :

In this example, monsite.com must redirect the user to httpcs.com. What happens if a malicious person changes the URL redirection ?

Now the site redirects the user to a malicious site.

Vulnerable PHP code :

$redirect_url = $_GET['url'];
header("Location: " . $redirect_url);

Here, there is not any control on user inputs. So this one can modify the URL redirection to a malicious website thanks to an Open Redirect vulnerability.

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How to protect yourself against Open Redirect vulnerabilities ?

It is necessary to control as much as possible the inputs of a user and to apply the principle of "Never trust a user".

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