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XSS-Bug in HTML::BBCode

by Taulmarill (Deacon)
on Aug 14, 2007 at 13:28 UTC ( #632482=perlquestion: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

Taulmarill has asked for the wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:

As i was looking for a nice BBCode2HTML converter i came across the following behavior of the Module which i think is a bug which could be exploited to insert JS.
[color=blue" onmouseover="this.innerHTML = 'XSS']test[/color]
<span style="color: blue" onmouseover="this.innerHTML = 'XSS'">test</span>

I used the following script to test this behavior:
use strict; use warnings; use HTML::BBCode; my $bbcode = q~[color=blue" onmouseover="this.innerHTML = 'XSS']test[/ +color]~; my $bbc = HTML::BBCode->new( { no_html => 1, no_jslink => 1, linebreaks => 1, } ); print $bbc->parse($bbcode); print "\n";
If i made a mistake or there is a workaround other than disabling the color-tag (and maybe other tags, too), please let me know. Also i would like to hear other suggestions for BBCode2HTML converters (doesn't have to be exactly BBCode, could be something similar) that are known to be safe for public websites.

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Re: XSS-Bug in HTML::BBCode
by moritz (Cardinal) on Aug 14, 2007 at 13:39 UTC
    This looks like a (severe) bug indeed. Did you notify the author of HTML::BBCode?

    (Update: fixed link)

      Just posted a bug report on
      It took me a while to find my password for PAUSE, cause i use it rarely.

        Thanks for reporting!

        I'll see if I can patch it asap. Any pointers on how to prevent this in a nice way could be helpful :-)


        All code is usually tested, but rarely trusted.

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