Compass Security Blog

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Author: Thomas Röthlisberger

SharePoint: Collaboration vs. XSS

SharePoint is a very popular browser-based collaboration and content management platform. Due to its high complexity, proprietary technology and confusing terminology it is often perceived as a black-box that IT and security professionals do not feel very comfortable with. These days, web security topics are well understood by many security professionals, penetration testers and vendors. But what […]

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SharePoint: How to collaborate with external parties?

Opening up an internal SharePoint farm to the Internet in order to share resources with external parties might seem a good idea, because it helps avoiding expensive infrastructure changes. However, in terms of security, this is not recommended because it does not sufficiently protect internal resources from external threats. The protection of internal resources hinges […]

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Black Hat USA 2013

Black Hat USA is the most famous conference for IT security professionals and hackers around the globe. The highly skilled speakers provide insights into their ongoing research and release their brand new tools. Of course, the spectacular location at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas contributes to the popularity of this conference as well. This year’s […]

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Risks of DOM Based XSS due to “unsafe” JavaScript functions

Introduction Several native JavaScript functions or properties like .eval() and .innerHTML as well as several jQuery functions like .html() and .append() are considered as “unsafe”, but why? The reason is that they allow DOM manipulation using strings containing HTML code (e.g.”<b>This text is bold</b>“), which can lead to DOM Based Cross-Site Scripting vulnerabilities. To be […]

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