Protect Your Assets
Showing results for 
Search instead for 
Do you mean 

Testing reveals almost half of applications susceptible to cross-site scripting

‎02-22-2013 06:51 AM - edited ‎09-09-2015 11:44 AM

Next week, we are publishing the HP 2012 Cyber Risk Report. This is an  annual collaboration among groups within HP Enterprise Security Products including  HP Security Research (spanning HP DVLabs, HP Fortify Software Security Research, and the HP Zero Day Initiative), HP TippingPoint, and HP Fortify on Demand. While you'll have to wait until next week to read the full report, there are some key stats I can share with you now that illustrate the ugly nature of the security beast.  Cross-site scripting has been around a long, long time.  In fact, one of my first security jobs (all the way back in 2002) involved working on a white paper on that very subject. Apparently, it didn't solve the problem. We tested thousands of applications across multiple sample sets and the results were clear -  cross-site scripting remains a pervasive web application security problem. Numbers ranged from 44% to 48% across our various applications sets and included results from both dynamic and static testing, helping to underscore our findings.  Further corroborating our results, cross-site scripting remained the number one Zero Day Initiative submission for 2012, accounting for 15% of all vulnerabilities.


So what does all this mean? Well, for one thing, that developers and organizations alike aren't correcting long standing and well known security issues (more on that in the full report). For another, that the prevalence of susceptibility to this vulnerability coupled with constant research into new methods of exploitation should give any enterprise sufficient reason to test for cross-site scripting.


I would be remiss if I didn't mention that one thing we offer via Fortify on Demand are free initial scans for cross-site scripting vulnerabilities. If you need a place to get started figuring out if your applications are vulnerable, it's hard to beat free.  You can find more info on our free offer at

0 Kudos
About the Author


Leave a Comment

We encourage you to share your comments on this post. Comments are moderated and will be reviewed
and posted as promptly as possible during regular business hours

To ensure your comment is published, be sure to follow the Community Guidelines.

Be sure to enter a unique name. You can't reuse a name that's already in use.
Be sure to enter a unique email address. You can't reuse an email address that's already in use.
Type the characters you see in the picture above.Type the words you hear.
Jun 7-9
Las Vegas
Discover 2016 Las Vegas
Discover 2016 in Las Vegas, the ultimate showcase technology event for business and IT professionals to learn, connect, and grow.
Read more
Each Month in 2016
Software Expert Days - 2016
Join us online to talk directly with our Software experts during online Expert Days. Find information here about past, current, and upcoming Expert Da...
Read more
View all