Cross Site Scripting Attacks: XSS Exploits and Defense -- Chapter 5, Advanced XSS Attack Vectors

Seth Fogie, Jeremiah Grossman, Robert Hansen, Anton Rager and Petko D. Petkov

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In the past, the primary focus of XSS attack was Web applications that failed to filter user-supplied data. Researchers have since discovered that there are several other ways an attacker can inject JavaScript into a user's browser. This chapter, "

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Advanced XSS Attack Vectors," looks at several of those advanced attack vectors in detail so you can understand how illusive and widespread the problem is.

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Cross Site Scripting Attacks: XSS Exploits and Defense starts by defining the terms and laying out the ground work. It assumes that the reader is familiar with basic Web programming (HTML) and JavaScript. First it discusses the concepts, methodology, and technology that makes XSS a valid concern. It then moves into the various types of XSS attacks, how they are implemented, used, and abused.

After XSS is thoroughly explored, the next part provides examples of XSS malware and demonstrates real cases where XSS is a dangerous risk that exposes internet users to remote access, sensitive data theft, and monetary losses. Finally, the book closes by examining the ways developers can avoid XSS vulnerabilities in their web applications, and how users can avoid becoming a victim.

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This was first published in June 2007

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