Home > Articles > Web Development > PHP

  • Print
  • + Share This
This chapter is from the book

This chapter is from the book

Stored XSS

This is a less common but far more devastating type of attack. One instance of a stored XSS attack can affect any number of users. This type of attack happens when users are allowed to input data that will get redisplayed, such as a message board, guestbook, etc. Malicious users put HTML or client-side code inside their post. This code is then stored in your application like any other post. Every time that data is accessed, a user has the potential to be compromised. Most of the time this is a link that still requires social engineering to compromise your users, but more sophisticated attackers will launch attacks without the user doing any more than loading your page.

This is all scary stuff, but the defense is the same: If you allow user input, validate it before you store it in your application.

  • + Share This
  • 🔖 Save To Your Account