DOM based Cross Site Scripting or XSS of the third kind

Tuesday, 12 July 2005, 11:44 AM EST

Application developers and owners need to understand DOM Based XSS, as it represents a threat to the web application, which has different preconditions than standard XSS. As such, there are many web applications on the Internet that are vulnerable to DOM Based XSS, yet when tested for (standard) XSS, are demonstrated to be “not vulnerable”. Developers and site maintainers (and auditors) need to familiarize themselves with techniques to detect DOM Based XSS vulnerabilities, as well as with techniques to defend against them, both therewhich are different than the ones applicable for standard XSS.

By Amit Klein at the Web Application Security Consortium.

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