HTML (HyperText Markup Language) is a language used to create web pages using tags inline with the content to indicate to browsers how to display that content, using the tags to interpret formatting, images, scripts and other content.

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Input validation: how to do it if I must accept HTML as part of my input?

I'm writing a service which receives FHIR data and it stores it. FHIR is an HL7 healthcare information standard format which contains HTML by definition, embedded into a JSON or XML, (to ensure ...
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302 redirect and the body on the page (you are redirected to …)

I have page which take URL on query and string and it. Then, you get redirected using 302 to another page, and the response of the page contains HTML code and the redirect header. Like this: ...
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Is it possible to get a flash src after a redirect or an element inside an embed/object/iframe tag (cross-domain)?

The URL example.com/auth will automatically redirect the user (HTTP 302) to example.com/signed_in.SWF?token=SENSITIVE. Is it possible for an attacker to steal the token, using javascript or flash, in ...
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What is a typical defense mechanism/setup against flooding back-end sql calls?

I'm interested in figuring out what is a typical scenario of preventing the following attack scenario: Back-end has as SQL server. Front end a simple "Hello World" HTML that passes an input (say user ...
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When does a site become vulnerable? [closed]

Out of the blue I had the idea to make a web site, yet I know only very little about online security. However, as skill and money are limited, the site has to remain as simple as possible in order to ...
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How to launch XSS code from an INPUT HTML tag upon page load?

Say I have the a website with the following code on it: <input type="text" id="search-text" name="query" value="?" /> Double quotes aren't escaped so I can break out of the value attribute, ...
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The purpose of escaping html entities

By security principles, we are often taught to sanitize input fields for characters such as & or ' so that they cannot be used for SQL injections etc. However, now I have an issue: I really need ...
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Can 3rd party JavaScript libraries access the http headers of the hosting html page

So, I have website, it uses a cookie stored in the http header of the downloaded html document to maintain the session while the end user is logged on and accessing there 'secure' data. This webpage ...
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Have computer criminals been known to exploit easily-edited websites like Wikipedia to embed malicious scripts?

When I was reading a page on Wikipedia several months ago (December 2014) I saw what looked like a pop-up window from BT, but I soon realized that when I closed the page the pop-up disappeared. I then ...
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XSS in Content-Disposition

Lets assume i have found a xss on site example.com, now to trigger an XSS, i use the following URL: https://example.com/a.php?v=%22%3E%3Cimg%20src=x Which results in following response: HTTP/1.1 ...
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Random characters and letters form obsfuscation

I know that this question has been asked many times, but would JavaScript encryption work if I just added 100 random numbers and letters to the password? That would be hard to reverse engineer, ...
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HTML Sanitization [closed]

Is just removing < and > from any user input before it is displayed sufficient to prevent a website from being hacked? If not, how else could a website be attacked? I really have no idea what I am ...
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How to ensure website from hackers and more? [closed]

I'm really new to security in Websites, for example... So can someone give me somewhere to start please? Sorry if it's not the right place to ask... :|
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What does this attack string do? How do I mitigate it?

Today I decided to run the apache-scalp script and it found a few issues. One was ranked as Impact 5, and I'd like to know if someone could explain what this does, and how to disable it? The request ...
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Why did I see an insecure browser warning on my page?

Originally I was under the impression that a particular page on a site I visited was showing an insecure content warning in my browsers due to the tags on the page having plan http href attributes. ...
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Any Security Risks for using mailto:?

I use a PHP script which performs a database search and when no result are found, user is presented with a mailto link with this format mailto:example@test.com?subject=SEARCHED_QUERY_HERE The ...
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Exploiting mailto links

Supposing that the user has the power to include any content after mailto: snippet, are there any possible security vulnerabilities? Example: The user says their email address is foo. The link on ...
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How do I securely embed an <img> tag using a user-given URL?

If I hypothetically wanted to allow users to use an avatar from an arbitrary URL like this: <img class="avatar" src="{user input}" /> There are many problems that I can think about: There ...
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Safe to render data directly to DOM from localStorage? XSS attack possible?

I read that localstorage is susceptible to XSS attacks. I currently store JSON Web Token (JWT) in localstorage, and I access and display data about the user through localstorage: var localstore = ...
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How to prevent user from removing disabled attribute and manually editing role?

So I am supposing the user has general knowledge of HTML. I have this code: <select name="role" id="role" disabled> <option value="Admin">Admin</option> <option ...
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Set the max length for input

Suppose I have a form, and one of this form inputs I set the max length to 15: <input type="text" name="username" maxlength="15"> Now the attacker wants to override this limit, to do that he ...
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What are some useful tags and payloads for HTML injection on CSP-protected sites?

I'm pen-testing a website that fixed most of its XSS vulnerabilities by just adding a Content Security Policy. There are still HTML injections in several places. I've tried to get a ...
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Does this CSS code expose if a message is read, and how long they have been reading it?

This email analytics company offers an 'engagement metric' that shows how much time someone spends looking at an email, whether the email is printed or deleted. They also claim it works in pretty ...
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How can I successfully perform an xss attack on a dummy website? [closed]

in my security course, we were told to practice an xss attack using firefox on this website; http://permalink.co/ No worries, this is a website specifically setup for us to practice ...
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What methods can be used to prevent the browser (IE11 specifically) from storing credentials / autocomplete

Going through Pen Test and it was asked of us to disable auto complete in our CC payment fields. We tried adding autocomplete=off and also tried false on the input filed. A ny suggestions to ...
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How do the Stack Exchange sites protect themselves from XSS? [duplicate]

It seems to me that because Users can post questions and comments in them with HTML markup (possibly <script> tags), Stack Exchange sites would be very exposed to XSS attacks. How do they ...
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Sanitise specific HTML attribute values against XSS

We want to implement a "safe mode" in a Markdown parser called Parsedown. We have a MarkupEscaped option that disables HTML input, but this is not enough. In order to be safe, the parser needs to ...
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Why is a child window allowed to change the location of its parent?

Maybe a silly question. When opening a new tab via target="_blank", the page that loads in that tab is allowed to set a new location in the parent tab using: ...
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CAPTCHAs: How does simple math in cleartext prove you're human?

I'm intrigued that many sites use seemingly random numbers with a random operator as a security check to validate that you're not a bot. Forgive my ignorance in captcha technology, but what is ...
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php execution possibility in img src

I am creating a simple application. There is an option to download a generated image. For that, my PHP code is: <?php if (isset($_GET['img_name'])){ ?> <html> <img src="<?php echo ...
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is it sufficient to convert '(single-quote) to ` &#039; `

Is it sufficient to convert ' to &#039; , > converted to &gt; and < converted to &lt; to avoid xss A bit of context: the payload would be going through the URL and landing in a ...
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Is converting `<` to `&lt;` sufficient to prevent execution of JavaScript from arbitrary HTML?

This is kind of a bar-bet question. An acquaintance of mine has made the claim that, given an arbitrary glob of HTML, it can be completely prevented from executing JavaScript if, before slapping it ...
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Arbitrary code execution by opening a webpage by IE?

I came across this piece of HTML code today: <!doctype html> <html> <meta http-equiv="X-UA-Compatible" content="IE=EmulateIE8" > <head> </head> <body> <SCRIPT ...
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What is the best exploit of XSS within 100 characters? [closed]

I found a vulnerable php script on my website. The script allows an user input (textarea), which is not encoded by htmlspecialchars(). Therefore it is possible to add html and javascript code. The ...
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Should every output element be filtered, or just those which contain user-editable data? [duplicate]

I'm combing through a legacy app updating SQL to prevent Injections and XSS vulnerabilities. I know to apply PHP's htmlspecialchars() anything that is directly passed to a script and displayed on a ...
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Is preventing XSS/HTML Injection really this simple?

A colleague suggested to me just to prevent letter characters from occurring immediately after an opening angle bracket as a way to protect against XSS and HTML injection. Obviously, this doesn't ...
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Make all form inputs safe but allow any type of input including code

Pastebin allow you to (along with plenty of other sites) input code into there forms. I know that this can be a huge security threat if not done properly so I would like to know how they go about ...
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How to get the information from the iframe displayed (ClickJack) to the user back to the attacker?

Just for knowledge I want to know how to get the information from the i-frame displayed to the user back to the attacker? Scenario : Suppose You are an attacker and you want to grab the private ...
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Feedback Form Exploitation possible or not? [closed]

how an attacker can exploit the below provided feedback form in a company website containing the company’s domain? the feedback form does not store data into a database. The server side code only ...
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XSS: alert() not executed on different OS/computer

I've encountered a strange behavior while I was performing a security audit of a web application. Some user controlled inputs were displaying their values, unencoded, into the page that processed the ...
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encodeURIComponent in a unquoted HTML attribute

My gut feeling is that the following should be attackable: $("<td><a href=somefile.php?url="+encodeURIComponent(somevar)+">Download Here</a></td>"); In contrast to ...
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“Allow __ to be fullscreen?”

I have been asking myself for a while what's the purpose of that popup showing up in pretty much all the modern browsers upon entering the full-screen mode of a video or website. It appears to be a ...
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Is this an attack and how can I fix it?

I don't know where to start in searching the forum for existing threads that might cover my issues. I recently received a spoof email pretending to be from a client for whom I've just started to do ...
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How can I bypass double quotes in a attribute based xss attack

The code that I have is: <input type="text" name="some_name" value="<?php echo CHtml::encode($str); ?>" /> $str is the input data. 'CHtml::encode()' is Yii's way of encoding special ...
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Can a static (HTML only) site be vulnerable to XXE?

First of all sorry if I am asking a trivial question. As far as I know, XML is used for representing document structures. Can entirely static sites accepting no user inputs at all be vulnerable to ...
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Is it safe to call an untrusted service with jquery.ajax and dataType 'jsonp'

From what I understand, the JSON-P technique generates a script tag into the DOM of an HTML page to get across the single-origin restrictions imposed on the XMLHttpRequest JavaScript API for AJAX ...
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Exploit circulating Facebook with a .pnh file embedded in a <img> tag

Not sure how long this link will be up, but this is the page where users get redirected after trying to read a fake news post in someone timeline. [WARNING: ACCESS IN A CONTROLLED ENVIRONMENT] ...
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HTML Entities to hide Email Addresses

I'm on WordPress trying to keep spambots from grabbing email addresses that may be in The Content. WordPress has a nifty little function simply called antispambot() which will convert the email ...
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Are HTML Entities inherently unsafe?

When submitting HTML that contains entities to the OWASP HTMLSanitzer, entities are converted. For example: BEFORE: <p>blah blah blah &diams;</p> The resulting HTML ends up ...
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Allowing users to input a safe subset of HTML

I recently posted this question on Code Review and it was recommended that I ask you guys about it. Basically, this will be used to allow users to generate formatted content. It gets put inside of ...