Webmail XSS Tester - Excess2

Here is a script to automate testing of webmail systems for cross-site scripting. It uses XSS Cheat Sheet to generate the injection strings. Compared to the previous version this version downloads XSS cheat sheet on the fly (instead of having it hard-coded) and supports SMTP authentication.

       excess2 - A script for testing webmail systems for cross-site scripting


Exploiting cross-site scripting in Referer header

The application that echoes the Referer header is vulnerable to cross-site scripting. And it is perfectly exploitable. Here is how:


CSRF protection also fixes reflected XSS

An application I have recently tested had cross-site request forgery protection implemented throughout - every single form or link with parameters had an additional parameter with a value derived from the session id. When the form is submitted or the link is clicked, before any other processing, this parameter value is checked.

And guess what - that also makes all reflected cross-site scripting bugs not exploitable. How?


Impact of TLS/SSL Renegotiation Vulnerability on HTTPS: Less Known Issues

There is a couple of issues with TLS/SSL renegotiation vulnerability in the context of HTTPS protocol, which appear not to have made their way to the public.

1. Plain text prefix injection is not the only risk. The original advisory [1] mentions the possibility of "forwarding and repurposing of client certificate authentication credentials". In oss-sec maillist Marsh Ray goes in more details [2], and [3] dedicates one slide to "client certificate redirection".

Apache Foundation Hacked via Reflected Cross-Site Scripting

I am thoroughly impressed. A combination of reflected XSS, insecure file uploads and bad passwords allowed the attackers to gain root on one of the Apache Foundation's servers, and gain non-privileged shell on another one. Here is the story directly from Apache.

In my opinion the most interesting part here is the fact that reflected XSS was used as the initial step. I always thought XSS, particularly the reflected sort, is somewhat over-hyped. I don't think so any more.

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