[Owasp-leaders] OWASP Top 10 missing server-side input validation

Ralph Durkee rd at rd1.net
Mon Jul 4 15:02:57 UTC 2016

I agree!   For starters why not edit the wiki and add "server side" in 
front of the two texts you’ve highlighted.


There's also the top level Top 10 descriptions  [ 
https://www.owasp.org/index.php/Top_10_2013-Top_10 ] but  I don't think 
having the extra wording is critical for the description.

-- Ralph Durkee

On 07/03/2016 07:11 PM, Sam Stepanyan wrote:
> Dear Leaders,
> I would like to bring to your attention the fact that the OWASP Top 10 
> application security risk list (both 2007 and 2013 versions) is 
> missing the statement that input validation must be done on the server 
> side for both OWASP A3 XSS and OWASP A1 Injection vulnerabilities.
> I discovered this after the review of vulnerability findings 
> (referencing OWASP Top 10) with a developer who put all input 
> validation in a client-side JavaScript portion of an application. 
> Needless to mention that all the client-side JavaScript validation was 
> bypassed when a manually crafted POST to a REST API backend saved all 
> the malicious content in the database.
> The developer argued that OWASP Top 10 does not state that input 
> validation must happen on the server side, it just has a 
> recommendation to implement a form of whitelist-based input validation.
> And he was right: I have re-read the OWASP Top 10 and yep - input 
> validation is recommended however the server side input validation is 
> not mentioned in the Injection and XSS chapters (screenshot from OWASP 
> Top 10 2013 PDF below).
> Server-side validation is mentioned however in the A7 Authentication 
> and Authorisation and the A10 Unvalidated Redirects and Forwards.
> Server-side input validation is in the ASVS (requirements 5.3, 5.5, 
> 5.18) as well as in the OWASP Testing Guide.
> I believe we should align the recommendations in the OWASP Top 10 and 
> ASVS regarding the server side input validation.
> In the upcoming OWASP Top 10 2016 this should be corrected.
> Regards,
> Sam
> -- 
> Sam Stepanyan
> OWASP London Chapter Leader
> @owasplondon
> https://www.owasp.org/index.php/London
> sam.stepanyan at owasp.org
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