CAPEC-73 - User-Controlled Filename

An attack of this type involves an attacker inserting malicious characters (such as a XSS redirection) into a filename, directly or indirectly that is then used by the target software to generate HTML text or other potentially executable content. Many websites rely on user-generated content and dynamically build resources like files, filenames, and URL links directly from user supplied data. In this attack pattern, the attacker uploads code that can execute in the client browser and/or redirect the client browser to a site that the attacker owns. All XSS attack payload variants can be used to pass and exploit these vulnerabilities.






  • Attack Methods 1
  • Modification of Resources
  • Purposes 2
  • Penetration
  • Exploitation
  • Scopes 4
  • Gain privileges / assume identity
  • Authorization
  • Access_Control
  • Confidentiality
  • Execute unauthorized code or commands
  • Availability
  • Integrity
  • Confidentiality
  • Alter execution logic
  • Availability
  • Read application data
  • Confidentiality

Low level: To achieve a redirection and use of less trusted source, an attacker can simply edit data that the host uses to build the filename

Medium level: Deploying a malicious "look-a-like" site (such as a site masquerading as a bank or online auction site) that the user enters their authentication data into.

High level: Exploiting a client side vulnerability to inject malicious scripts into the browser's executable process.

The victim must trust the name and locale of user controlled filenames.

Design: Use browser technologies that do not allow client side scripting.

Implementation: Ensure all content that is delivered to client is sanitized against an acceptable content specification.

Implementation: Perform input validation for all remote content.

Implementation: Perform output validation for all remote content.

Implementation: Disable scripting languages such as JavaScript in browser

Implementation: Scan dynamically generated content against validation specification