21 things you can do with XSS

Simply put, XSS is an underrated vulnerability. Well, there are a couple of good reasons:

  • It’s a client-side vulnerability
  • White hats just need that popup for POC (most of the times)
  • Most of the blacks hats don’t know enough JS to make money out of XSS

I mean you can literally impersonate the user, it’s amazing. There are a lot of things you can do with XSS which will also make you look cool on the internet. I don’t know much but I have listed a few things here to give you an idea.

  • Ad-Jacking – If you manage to get stored XSS on a website, just inject your ads in it to make money 😉
  • Click-Jacking – You can create a hidden overlay on a page to hijack clicks of the victim to perform malicious actions.
  • Session Hijacking – HTTP cookies can be accessed by JavaScript if the HTTP ONLY flag is not present in the cookies.
  • Content Spoofing – JavaScript has full access to the client-side code of a web app and hence you can use it to show/modify desired content.
  • Credential Harvesting – The most fun part. You can use a fancy popup to harvest credentials. WiFi firmware has been updated, re-enter your credentials to authenticate.
  • Forced Downloads – So the victim isn’t downloading your malicious flash player from absolutely-safe.com? Don’t worry, you will have more luck trying to force a download from the trusted website your victim is visiting.
  • Crypto Mining – Yes, you can use the victim’s CPU to mine some bitcoin for you!
  • Bypassing CSRF protection – You can make POST requests with JavaScript, you can collect and submit a CSRF token with JavaScript, what else do you need?
  • Keylogging – You all know what this is.
  • Recording Audio – It requires authorization from the user but you access the victim’s microphone. Thanks to HTML5 and JavaScript.
  • Taking pictures – It requires authorization from the user but you access the victim’s webcam. Thanks to HTML5 and JavaScript.
  • Geo-location – It requires authorization from the user but you access the victim’s Geo-location. Thanks to HTML5 and JavaScript. Works better with devices with GPS.
  • Stealing HTML5 web storage data – HTML5 introduced a new feature, web storage. Now a website can store data in the browser for later use and of course, JavaScript can access that storage via the window.localStorage() and window.webStorage()
  • Browser & System Fingerprinting – JavaScript makes it a piece of cake to find your browser name, version, installed plugins and their versions, your operating system, architecture, system time, language and screen resolution.
  • Network Scanning – Victim’s browser can be abused to scan ports and hosts with JavaScript.
  • Crashing Browsers – Yes! You can crash browser with flooding them with….stuff.
  • Stealing Information – Grab information from the webpage and send it to your server. Simple!
  • Redirecting – You can use javascript to redirect users to a webpage of your choice.
  • Tab-napping – Just a fancy version of redirection. For example, if no keyboard or mouse events have been received for more than a minute, it could mean that the user is AFK and you can sneakily replace the current webpage with a fake one.
  • Capturing Screenshots – Thanks to HTML5 again, now you can take a screenshot of a webpage. Blind XSS detection tools have been doing this before it was cool.
  • Perform Actions – You are controlling the browser, can’t you feel the power? Got XSS on a social media site? You can send messages, modify information and…..you get the idea.

Next time you find an XSS vulnerability, try submitting an exploit to steal data or stuff as a POC. I am not a bug hunter and I don’t know if that will get you paid more but I think it should.

Have a nice day, stay hydrated ^_^

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