What You Should Know About Cross-Site Scripting

Web application and website users are at the greatest risk of cross-site scripting (XSS), a common attack vector. Here, a malicious code is injected into a vulnerable web application to compromise user accounts. It requires action by the user, making it a social engineering attack. Some consequences include modifying content and tricking users into revealing their personal data.

An attack can be triggered by using a plugin with a stored XSS vulnerability. Attackers can gain access to victims’ session IDs, passwords, and private messages. Imagine the potential damage they can cause to your website by gaining administrative access to your CMS. Your blog posts may be edited or attackers can create a new admin user.

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