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Cross-site scripting

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Cross-site scripting (XSS) is a type of computer security Exploit typically found in HTTP.

Cross-site scripting enables attackers to inject client-side scripts into web pages viewed by other users.

Cross-site scripting vulnerability may be used by attackers to bypass access Controls such as the same-origin policy.

Cross-site scripting carried out on websites accounted for roughly 84% of all security vulnerabilities documented by Symantec as of 2007.

The effect may range from a petty nuisance to a significant security risk, depending on the sensitivity of the data handled by the vulnerable site and the nature of any security mitigation implemented by the site's owner.

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