CVE-2008-5x8x_ii

This challenge covers the review of a CVE and its patch

PRO
Tier
Medium
< 1 Hr.
265

Course


In this lab, you will be examining a piece of code and its corresponding patch to identify a security flaw. The provided code snippet features a method named `redirect` in the `response.rb` file, which takes two parameters: `to_url` and `response_status`. The issue with the original code is that the `to_url` variable is not escaped when added to the HTML response body, making it vulnerable to Cross-Site Scripting (XSS). This flaw allows an attacker to inject malicious HTML or JavaScript if the `to_url` value is user-controlled.

The patch fixes this vulnerability by replacing the direct interpolation of `to_url` with `CGI.escapeHTML(to_url)`, which escapes any potential HTML in the `to_url` variable. This ensures that any user-controlled input is properly sanitized, preventing XSS attacks. The exercise emphasizes the importance of escaping user inputs when incorporating them into HTML content.

By completing this challenge, you will gain a better understanding of how to identify and patch XSS vulnerabilities in code. This knowledge is crucial for writing secure applications and conducting thorough code reviews.

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