I am trying to test a local website link for a possible XSS attack. Can you please help me looking for a solution in way that if i add some script tag to the end of the URL under test, then it either throw and exception or an alert. For Eg: If link under test is: https://testmysite/login.aspx then what kind of script I can append with URL so that it returns an Exception or an Alert. I hope that the question is clear. Pardon me if this has been already asked as I am unable to find the exact problem.

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In addition to Joe's resource, the OWASP site has a lot on XSS too: https://www.owasp.org/index.php/Cross-site_Scripting_%28XSS%29

I would also encourage you to look a bit further than OWASP once you get those base concepts down. There are MANY ways to bypass basic XSS protections.


Check this out: http://www.acunetix.com/websitesecurity/cross-site-scripting/

Their example is:

<script type="text/javascript">
  alert('This is an XSS Vulnerability')
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    Isn't that more for including in the body of a page? If you want to attack he URL don't you need ones that take parameters, in which case his example won't be susceptible to it? Commented Sep 10, 2013 at 20:11
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    I agree. His example doesn't actually lend itself to this vulnerability. But I think his was a made-up example, without an understanding of the issue. Hopefully the link will clear that up. Commented Sep 11, 2013 at 11:09
  • Thanks for the answers guys and link is worth but when i tried to put my site inside the script then the page stays as it is. For eg. if i am on login page then if i try to append the script then page don't display any alert or exception. Is it fine ? How do we get to know that the page has been attacked ? Commented Sep 11, 2013 at 15:15
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    Seems you need do a LOT more reading - the example Joe gave is for a site where part of the page is made up from user input e.g. a comment, if there is an exploit then a msg box will appear. Please read the link Joe gave Commented Sep 11, 2013 at 19:09
  • Sure Phil. I'll get back in case of issues. Thanks Commented Sep 12, 2013 at 4:02

Check this out, I've shared an article on XSS attack and cheat sheet for scripts - http://www.cygnet-infotech.com/is-your-website-safe-against-cross-site-scripting-attacks

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    This is not an answer to the question - it's basically spam for your website.
    – Kate Paulk
    Commented May 30, 2014 at 13:33

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