I am working on semantic representation of firewall rules but could not find a good taxonomy of Web attacks in terms of HTTP protocol. I do find web attack classification i.e XSS attack, SQL attack.


Your question is a bit vague, so I don't know exactly what you are looking for. However, in this paper a taxonomy based on HTTP methods is described:


The attacks I know about are:

  • SQL injection
  • Cross site scripting (XSS)
  • Cross site request forgery
  • Session hijacking
  • Bruteforce attacks
  • Executable code in uploads
  • Command line injection
  • Session fixation

I think if anyone has something close to a taxonomy for web based attacks it will be OWASP.


The MISP project has assembled a large number of descriptors to annotate IOCs in the form of a taxonomy, where each tag is a (namespace, predicate, value) triple.

Those are defined in JSON format here:

Both of those are designed to be used by non-MISP tools.

From those lists, these may be esp. interesting. (Found by searching for sets including XSS on the taxonomy listing page).

The "Mapping of Taxonomies" at the bottom of that page provides a nice summary of similar concepts referenced in multiple taxonomies (e.g. all categories with a concept for ddos): https://www.circl.lu/doc/misp-taxonomies/#_mapping_of_taxonomies

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