[Owasp-delhi] Phishing with XSS

Karthik Muthukrishnan karthik.muthukrishnan at tcs.com
Fri Feb 27 06:45:26 EST 2009

The result of this XSS attack depends on how the application processes ( or
how vulnerable it is to ) the 'Search' parameter.

On a successful XSS attack, the attack script in the search parameter must
be embedded in the HTML of the search results page. In this case, the
attack script will just run silently, like other scripts in <script> tags.

The browser (behavior varies depending on MIME type) will prompt you with a
save-as message box only when the XSS attack caused web application
('search' page) to download the remote file and send it to user. FF in my
system just displays the script text. In IE7, after I click open, I am
presented with a security warning about unknown publisher.

Karthik Muthukrishnan
Information Risk Management Consultant
Tata Consultancy Services
Mailto: karthik.muthukrishnan at tcs.com
Website: http://www.tcs.com
Experience certainty.   IT Services
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                                       [Owasp-delhi] Phishing with XSS     
             02/25/2009 04:56                                              

Hello OWASP Members,

I have a doubt and here it is......

In performing Phishing with XSS a script like "do.js "


can be used to change the original login page to the attackers choice
without actually changing the URL.

Now my question is that for performing the abovesaid case this script needs
to be executed by the browser without the user's concent. In general
scenerio while requesting for a script like this first a Pop up is given by
the browser asking whether to run or to save the script.

Please suggest.

Thanks and Regards:

Parmendra Sharma
Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In)
Ministry of Information Technology
Government of India
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Lodhi Road
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