Bypassing Firebase authorization to create custom goo.gl subdomains

Since the support of goo.gl has already ended, I’ve been looking for ways to shorten URLs using Google services.

Some time ago I’ve found a bug that allowed me to shorten links using Google’s official g.co shortener.

This time I took a look at Firebase Dynamic Links.

They work by allowing you to create short URLs on either *.app.goo.gl or *.page.link subdomains. Before app.goo.gl subdomains in Firebase were discontinued, there was a random generated app.goo.gl subdomain for each Firebase project, something like i63lqb.app.goo.gl. It could also be accessed via goo.gl/app/i63lqb/ourLink (= i63lqb.app.goo.gl/ourLink), but it doesn’t seem to work anymore.

You could also create four more *.page.link subdomains, but this time you could choose your own subdomain.

When I was setting up a new subdomain I noticed an interesting API call.

/v1/checkValidDomainForProject

This returned an “OK” response in case the subdomain I wanted to create was both valid and not already in use.

In case it was “OK”, the “Create” button was enabled and I was able to create it. Otherwise it showed an error.

Once I clicked the button to create it, another API call was fired, this time to:

/v1/createDomainForProject

also containing desired subdomain in it’s body.

If I let the POST call thru, it would successfully add the subdomain to my project.

But let’s go back to the last API call. Since we know there are two types of domains we can use to shorten links in Firebase, let’s try to replace the value of the domainUriPrefix parameter from page.link with app.goo.gl.

Surprisingly, this actually worked and an *.app.goo.gl subdomain was added and could be used in the project.

Since custom *.app.goo.gl subdomains like maps.app.goo.gl or news.app.goo.gl are used only for official products by Google and can (should) by registered only by them.

This leaves us with the following attack scenario:

A regular user can create custom subdomains on app.goo.gl via the Firebase Console. This should be possible to do only by Google.

 

Timeline:

10.08.2018: Vuln reported
13.08.2018: Priority changed to P1
14.08.2018: Accepted
22.08.2018: Fixed

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