The user interface (UI) does not properly represent critical information to the user, allowing the information - or its source - to be obscured or spoofed. This is often a component in phishing attacks. If an attacker can cause the UI to display erroneous data, or to otherwise convince the user to display information that appears to come from a trusted source, then the attacker could trick the user into performing the wrong action. This is often a component in phishing attacks, but other kinds of problems exist.
UI misrepresentation can take many forms:
- Incorrect indicator
- Icon manipulation
- Visual truncation:
- Visual distinction
The weakness is introduced during Architecture and Design, Implementation stages.
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Description of CWE-451 on Mitre website