1. Web Security Academy
  2. Request smuggling
  3. Exploiting
  4. Lab

Lab: Exploiting HTTP request smuggling to deliver reflected XSS

PRACTITIONER

This lab involves a front-end and back-end server, and the front-end server doesn't support chunked encoding.

The application is also vulnerable to reflected XSS via the User-Agent header.

To solve the lab, smuggle a request to the back-end server that causes the next user's request to receive a response containing an XSS exploit that executes alert(1).

Note

The lab simulates the activity of a victim user. Every few POST requests that you make to the lab, the victim user will make their own request. You might need to repeat your attack a few times to ensure that the victim user's request occurs as required.

Hint

Manually fixing the length fields in request smuggling attacks can be tricky. Our HTTP Request Smuggler Burp extension was designed to help. You can install it via the BApp Store.