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Xss what the heck-!


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Cross Site Scripting

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Xss what the heck-!

  1. 1. Cross Site Scripting(XSS) What the heck?! Harinee Muralinath Karthik Krishnan
  2. 2. Agenda ❏What is our intent? ❏What is XSS? ❏Prevention techniques ❏Testing tools
  3. 3. What is our intent? ❏security-related jargons - one at a time ❏generate interest ❏give you a guided, hands-on experience ❏apply on projects ❏take your time to learn
  4. 4. What this session will NOT be ❏Make you security experts ❏Tool-oriented
  5. 5. Source:
  6. 6. What is Cross-site Scripting (XSS)? ❏ Concept of planting scripts by misusing the powers of HTML, CSS, javascript etc. ❏ When web applications take data from users and dynamically include it in Web pages without first properly validating the data ❏ The victim of XSS is usually another user, instead of the host server itself (which is just a medium)
  7. 7. Demo
  8. 8. Forms of XSS ❏Reflective XSS ❏Persistent XSS
  9. 9. Reflective XSS
  10. 10. Persistent XSS
  11. 11. Demo
  12. 12. Prevention Techniques ❏Input validation ❏Output encoding
  13. 13. Possible Solutions?
  14. 14. Solution #1 Validate Input for HTML tag characters (< >)
  15. 15. Solution #2 Blacklist script Tags
  16. 16. Solution #3 Output encode HTML Tags
  17. 17. Solution #4 Content Security Policy
  18. 18. Content Security Policy No inline scripts or JS event handlers Before: <head> <script>alert(“Hi, I’m an inline script”);</script> </head> Now: <head> <script src=”non-inline-script.js”></script> </head>
  19. 19. Content Security Policy Whitelist domains Before: <head> <script src=””></script> </head> Now: <head> <script src=””></script> </head> Content-Security-Policy:script-src
  20. 20. Tools to identify obvious XSS ❏ XSS Me :: Add-ons for Firefox ❏ ZAProxy - OWASP ZAP ❏ Burp Suite ❏ ...and others
  21. 21. Demo
  22. 22. Future references ❏XSS Cheat Sheet ❏XSS Prevention Cheat Sheet t
  23. 23. Thank you! Please reach out to Harinee Muralinath - Karthik Krishnan -