ROPEMAKER – Modify E-Mail even after it is sent

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A new technique allows attackers to modify the contents of an E-Mail even after it is sent and received by the recipient. The new exploit named ROPEMAKER () is an easy to use exploit that can change the URL in a delivered Email or swap normal text to a URL or edit the whole text in an Email.

How Does it Work?

This can be exploited without having direct access to the Email account or the targets inbox. This attack is done by manipulating CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) and HTML. Even though CSS improves the visual environments, it have now become an attack vector.

Below is the demonstration of a simple ROPEMAKER

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Image 1 : Real Mail
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Image 2 : Modified Mail

In this example, an email with a ‘good URL’  is switched to ‘bad URL’ by an attacker. This is done by editing the remote CSS from which the email gets its display style. In real world, these URLs in the mail can be changed to phishing URLs which can cause which can be used for targeted attacks against an individual or a group.

For more Details check out the documentation published by mimecast.

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