An Introduction to DOM XSS

Document Object Model Based Cross-Site Scripting (DOM Based XSS) is a type of Cross-site Scripting where instead of the payloads being stored or reflected by the remote web server and appearing in the response HTML the payload is instead stored in the DOM and processed insecurely by JavaScript. For those unfamiliar with what the DOM is, a short and fairly untechnical overview is available here. The impact, and exploitation of DOM-XSS, is essentially the same as reflected or stored however the detection is a little different, as you can’t simply check the server responses and build up a payload. For example …

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XXE: XML External Entity Injection

Here’s a quick write-up on XXE, starting with how to detect the vulnerability and moving on to how to fix it! XXE is a vulnerability in the way that XML parses handle user input and if an attacker is able to enter arbitrary or crafted data into an XML parser they may be able to inject entities and this could leave to file disclosure, denial-of-service attacks or in rare cases – code execution!

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