D'oh!!! A cross-site scripting vulnerability in one of my own sites / 2022-08-25

2022-08-25 D'oh!!! A cross-site scripting vulnerability in one of my own sites
I received a responsible disclosure report of a vulnerability in The Virtual Bookcase.

I will directly admit I haven't done a lot of maintenance on this site in the past few years but I want to keep my sites secure.

The report came via openbugbounty.org and has no details about the vulnerability, so I am not 100% sure where the reported vulnerability is. But based on the report text XSS (Cross Site Scripting) and a peek in the access-log looking for specific requests I found I made a beginner mistake in dealing with a search query: displaying it as-is within an HTML context. I immediately fixed that error in the site.

Now I wonder why it took so long for me to realize the error of my ways or for someone to notice it!

Checking the logs some more finds huge amounts of attempts at SQL injection, which is a vulnerability I am very aware of and where I put up standard defenses. But this is the first time a security researcher made me aware of the cross-site scripting vulnerability.

Update: I contacted the reporter about the vulnerability who responded quickly inquiring about the possible bounty for finding the bug. As this is a site that hasn't delivered any income in years the best I can do is a mention in the credits of the site or on a separate hall of fame.

Update: I also started a vulnerability scanner on the site myself, to find any other vulnerabilities I might have missed. This scanner is going through the development site at the moment. Like many other scanners it doesn't see by default how certain urls all map to the same PHP script.

I already committed a few minor updates to improve handling of corner cases in not set variables and other things popping up in the scan.

Update 2022-09-23: I realized the reporter has never responded with the actual bug information.

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