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Re: on xss and its technical merit
From: nate.mcfeters () gmail com
Date: Mon, 5 Nov 2007 14:26:23 +0000

This is ridiculous.  Not to mention the implications for users of financial web apps, you still have to consider that 
xss is a great delivery mechanism for all sorts of attacks.  When you evaluate a flaw, you must evaluate the risk it 
presents to a victim.  Xss provides a rich attack surface.  Its not just stealing cookies anymore, which, btw is still 
a valid flaw and a great risk on some applications.

While on principal I agree that xss is no where near as technical to perform, does that even matter?  I would state 
that you actually strengthen the argument for xss being an issue by saying this.  If it is less technical, then it is 
easier for less tech people to exploit. 

Hopefully I didn't miss any major point made in all the inline comments, but xss is an issue tech or not.  

Now, should it be on full disc?  Depends In my view.  If it is momscookies.com, of course not.  But If it is a widely 
used framework, device, or web app, then I say why not?

I will leave my comments on the subject at that, as this is a debate I've heard far too many times now.

Believing xss is a non issue is like believing global warming doesn't exist.

Nate
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-----Original Message-----
From: reepex <reepex () gmail com>

Date: Sun, 4 Nov 2007 18:11:50 
To:"pdp (architect)" <pdp.gnucitizen () googlemail com>, full-disclosure () lists grok org uk
Subject: Re: [Full-disclosure] on xss and its technical merit


you see i do not agree with this because you are relying on other bugs to make xss useful and again you are relying on 
interaction from the user.

any bug that requires another (form of) bug to be useful or that requires user interaction is inherently weaker then 
then other "any time" bugs like bof/sql injection/whatever 


On Nov 4, 2007 5:16 PM, pdp (architect) <pdp.gnucitizen () googlemail com <mailto:pdp.gnucitizen () googlemail com> > 
wrote:
 well valid point. XSS can alway be used as a career to whatever kind
of attack you have in there. Just imagine the MySpace XSS warm
combined with the IE VML or one of these ActiveX bugs that allow you
to write into arbitery files on the file system (so that it is not a 
software bug). Hmmm?




On Nov 4, 2007 11:51 PM,  <nate.mcfeters () gmail com <mailto:nate.mcfeters () gmail com> > wrote:
What about when xss leads to stack overflows and command injections?  See http://xs-sniper.com <http://xs-sniper.com> 
.  It would seem that if you subscribe to the thought that only attacks that take over a victims computer are valid, 
then you would have to now admit xss as valid as well. 

Nate
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-----Original Message-----
From: reepex <reepex () gmail com <mailto:reepex () gmail com> >

Date: Sun, 4 Nov 2007 13:26:17 
To:full-disclosure () lists grok org uk <mailto:To:full-disclosure () lists grok org uk> , "pdp (architect)" 
<pdp.gnucitizen () googlemail com <mailto:pdp.gnucitizen () googlemail com> > 
Subject: [Full-disclosure] on xss and its technical merit


Pdp architect and I have been emailing back and forth about whether xss has a place in fd, bugtraq, or the security 
research area at all. He decided that we should start a discussion about in on here and gets peoples unmoderated 
opinion. This discussion should not concern whether its important due to stealing bank info, paypal, whatever it 
should only stick to xss as a pure research area. Or as pdp described it: 

"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. however, the topic wont cover only 
whether you can detect or inject XSS, this is lame. it will cover the whole 9 yards... pretty much all the topics 
covered inside the XSS book." 

My ideas on the topic are

1) XSS isnt techincal no matter how its used
2) people who use xss on pentests/real hacking/anything but phishing are lame and only use it because they cannot 
write real exploits (non-web) or couldnt find any other web bugs (sql injection, cmd exec,file include, whatever) 
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.
4) if you go into a pentest/audit and all you get out is xss then its a failed pentest and the customer should get a 
refund. 
5) publishing xss shows your weakness and that you dont have the ability to find actual bugs ( b/c xss isnt a vuln 
its crap )

i think pdp is going to respond first. should be fun ;)

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