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    Security Issue Cross Site scripting

    Hello, there have been some vunurabilities found in our web application developed through alpha five .One of them is the Cross Site scripting.

    The root cause of CrossSite Scripting (XSS) is a failure to filter hazardous characters from web application input and output. The two programming practice you can use to guard against Cross-Site Scripting are:
    1. Validate Input
    2. Encode output.

    Is there is an easy way to validate the input right from the development tool or there is some code that will need to be written i.e i want to validate if special characters are inputted and give user some message that it is not allowed.



    Re: Security Issue Cross Site scripting

    Yes, see the Web Security > Configure Security and look for Password Validation Rules. You can prohibit various entries.

    I know a couple guys that want to do a security review of their site also, can you share who you used and what other security risks they found?
    Steve Wood
    See my profile on IADN


      Re: Security Issue Cross Site scripting

      Steve ,

      Here are others .

      ** If the web application returns an HTTP 200 OK response, with the session ID set to the value the attack has injected, the site is vulnerable to session fixation.
      Session IDs are not updated when the same user logs out/session expires, and then logs back in.

      ** same request was sent twice in different sessions and the same response was received. This shows that none of the parameters are dynamic (session identifiers are sent only in cookies) and therefore that the application is vulnerable to this issue. It is possible to steal or manipulate customer session and cookies, which might be used to impersonate a legitimate user, allowing the hacker to view or alter user records, and to perform transactions as that user.

      ** If secure is not specified, a cookie is considered safe to be sent in the clear over unsecured channels. These cookies may the be captured by an attacker and used to hijack a user session.


        Re: Security Issue Cross Site scripting

        I sent a private email to the only two guys who would be able to answer these questions. I don't know if your study included using 'protected session variables' which cannot be set by the URL. At a minimum, this kind of detailed testing should lead to best practices to avoid what can be avoided.
        Steve Wood
        See my profile on IADN


          Re: Security Issue Cross Site scripting

          Thanks Steve ,

          Over the coming two weeks I have to fix all these issues or give an estimate to the testing team as to how much time it will take to fix them .

          There are some other issues as well , I will share them as well .


          Sunny .


            Re: Security Issue Cross Site scripting

            Did you get the XSS issues resolved. I'm running into the same issues regarding PCI compliance.



              Re: Security Issue Cross Site scripting

              There have been a number of changes and security changes made since V9. Session management has been totally revamped and the way in which session IDs are generated and used is significantly different. None of the issues raised in this thread exist in V11. If your specific issues differ from those already listed, detail them and I will tell you if they too have been addressed.

              Lenny Forziati
              Vice President, Internet Products and Technical Services
              Alpha Software Corporation


                Re: Security Issue Cross Site scripting

                Here is the wording from the PCI scan:

                Your Web server/application does not filter script embedding from links displayed on a server's Web site.

                A malicious user can exploit this vulnerability to cause JavaScript commands or embedded scripts to be executed by any user who clicks on the
                hyperlink. Upon clicking the hyperlink, your Web server will generate an error message including the specified or embedded script. The specified or
                embedded script is executed in the client's browser and treated as content originating from the target server returning the error message (even
                though the scripting may have originated from another site entirely).

                By exploiting this vulnerability, malicious scripts can be executed in the client's browser.

                Any Web application on the server may be affected by this vulnerability. To prevent cross-site scripting attacks from occurring, web developers
                should use static pages whenever possible and sanitize input / output.
                I've also attached the full document.
                Attached Files


                  Re: Security Issue Cross Site scripting

                  Anthony, after working on your support incident, reviewing the report in detail, reviewing the application itself which you submitted, and performing varied testing, I can verify that the scanner used to generate this report has flagged a false positive. There is no XSS exploit here in V11.

                  Lenny Forziati
                  Vice President, Internet Products and Technical Services
                  Alpha Software Corporation


                    Re: Security Issue Cross Site scripting

                    Hi Lenny,
                    Thank you for checking. I will work with our PCI consultants to get this cleared.

                    Anthony Ward