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Re: MBT Xss vulnerability
From: "Morning Wood" <se_cur_ity () hotmail com>
Date: Fri, 20 Jan 2006 13:32:07 -0800

in all honesty, XSS is a serious vector of attack.
however, non-persistant XSS is a much less serious problem
than is persistant XSS. Generally XSS is of no harm to the server
side anyway. It can however be leveraged as the OP said, but
would require  a dedicated, pre-formed url string that needs to
be presented to the user to be effective. IMHO the OP advisory
should not have been posted, because of the non-persistant nature
of the flaw at one dedicated site. 

 Issues comes into play via persistant XSS, which is script that may
be embedded in a web application, such as a guestbook, or comment
section, where people would travel to on their own without the need of
a direct link and then rendered upon visitation in the users browser.
Further, in todays world of browser exploitation, cookie, session,
and/or credential theft is not the only thing to be gained and is often
of minor importance and information. What is bad is leveraging XSS
as a vector for browser exploitation ( can we say IFRAME+WMF ),
so you have a way, via XSS to COMPROMISE end users systems.

While the OP does have a valid initial point and theory,
1. it is not persistant in nature
2. it is one site, and not a script used on many sites
3. it does require SE at some level to be effective
4. it should not have been posted to FD ( see points 1,2,3 )


my2bits,
MW













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