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Re: on xss and its technical merit
From: Volker Tanger <vtlists () wyae de>
Date: Sun, 4 Nov 2007 21:01:35 +0100


On Sun, 4 Nov 2007 13:26:17 -0600
reepex <reepex () gmail com> wrote:
"we are talking about whether XSS is as technical as other security
disciplines. We are also talking about whether it should have a
deserved an recognized place among FD readers and contributers.
1) XSS isnt techincal no matter how its used
3) XSS does not have a place on this list or any other security list
and i remember when the idea of making a seperate bugtraq for xss was
proposed and i still think it should be done.

XSS is a variant on missing or lax input verification. Thus all other
forms of input-nonverification like buffer overflows or char(0)
injections or the like should be handeled similarily.

In its simplest version XSS could be used for phishing - which is bad
enough for banking or business portals. Depending on the application
other elevations might be possible through XSS like session stealing,
cmd/sql injects, etc.

Especially if such an elevated XSS was detected for a software it
definitely would have a place on security mailing lists. But it should
be more qualified than just "XSS found on ....". Just running a XSS
scanner is lame - whereas finding out all consequences and possible
attack vectors and maybe even posting a patch might be a worthwile




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