• Youtube Hit with HTML Injection Attack

    YouTube is reported to have been hit by hackers. They have exploited a loophole in the way YouTube lets users post comments. More information can be found in the Google Support Forum and on Slashdot.

    Analysis
    It seems that when someone places a piece of JavaScript in the comment section, beginning with the <script> tag, YouTube’s comment sanitization policy correctly escapes the <script> tag itself. Unfortunately, the data which follows this tag is not removed, but is displayed on the screen. This allows a clever hacker to inject HTML directly into the page, modifying the page itself and allowing all types of security issues.

    This incident highlights the impact of security issues like Cross Site Scripting (XSS). These vulnerabilities should not be treated lightly, since a Web Application Filter (WAF) cannot protect you from new attacks like this one. WAFs can only protect you from what they already know.

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