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Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 14:50:43 -0600
From: Kurt Seifried <>
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Subject: Re: attacking hsts through ntp

On 16/10/14 02:38 PM, Hanno Böck wrote:
> Am Thu, 16 Oct 2014 14:34:25 -0600
> schrieb Kurt Seifried <>:
>> I did not know that. One concern I have is also HSTS has no tools to
>> manage them in browsers, at least when I last checked, has that
>> changed? There is some room for DoS due to this on the client side.
> chrome://net-internals/#hsts
> Not pretty or easy to use, but helps debugging stuff (especially with
> HPKP which is quite picky when you do it wrong). I don't know about
> Firefox or others.

There is still no way to get a list of domains is there, due to the one
way hash chrome uses to store them? I had previously created a script
that created a webpage with links to a thousand or whatever subdomains
(e.g. 1x1 pixels) with hsts headers, and a reload to a new url, so
basically: loads page with 1000 images at [sha256 random
domain] and then redirects to and so
on, it eats up a few tens of kilobytes per second, can happily sit in
the background. because chrome uses that oen way hash I can't find a way
to delete say all the hsts for *

Not sure if this deserves a CVE, it's a slow dos, but there's no way to
deal with it short of wiping the hsts data file entirely. It would be
nice to have some better tools to manage hsts like we do for cookies,
but the use of the one way hash (which saves on space) trades one dos
(super long domain names) for another (can't link hsts records to
domains easily).

Kurt Seifried -- Red Hat -- Product Security -- Cloud
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