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Date: Sat, 29 Nov 2014 06:37:43 +0000
From: James Hooker <>
To: A Z <>
Subject: Re: [FD] XSS (in 20 chars) in Microsoft IIS 7.5 error message

You could skip the schema on any includes, and just use '//'. That will
then use the schema provided in the original URL. That will save you 4
characters at least. You can also skip most quotes in tags - that will save
you a few more characters. Link shortening services might also be of use,
however one that generates links short enough might be hard to come by -
more likely, you'll need a 3 character domain, with a 2 character extension
(such as UK, or IN).

You might be able a squeeze a script tag into that saved space.. *might*
Hello everyone,

I found some weird HTML code injection in an IIS error message. IIS spits
out some part of the user input that generated the error message, but will
only display 20 characters at most.
My question is: is it possible to actually exploit an XSS with this ?

Here is an example:

HTTP Request: mypage?search=%3cb%20onclick%3dalert(1)>%3e
HTTP Response (real):

<p>An error has occured.</p>
    <p>Exception HttpRequestValidationException occurred while attempting
    <p>Exception message is: <b>A potentially dangerous Request.QueryString
value was detected from the client (search="<b
    <p>Stack trace:</p>
Server stack trace:

My payload was: <b onclick=alert(1)>> and it works (after clicking).
However, can this actually be exploited in real life ? I tried stuff in 20
characters like: <embed src=http://x> or <img src=http://x/z> but no luck.
Has anyone ever tried this before ?


P.S. This might be a silly question with an obvious answer. If so, I'd be
grateful to have some extra information (links, docs etc.).

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