Weather Channel Web Site Vulnerable to Reflected Cross-Site Scripting (XSS)
Popular Weather Channel web site (Weather.com) has been found to be vulnerable to a reflected Cross-Site Scripting flaw, according to researcher Wang Jing’s research. The vulnerability lies in that Weather.com does not filter malicious script codes when constructing HTML tags with its URLs. This way, an attacker just adds a malicious script at the end of the URL and executes it.
“If The Weather Channel’s users were exploited, their Identity may be stolen,” Jing said via email. “At the same time, attackers may use the vulnerability to spy users’ habits, access sensitive information, alter browser functionality, perform denial of service attacks, etc.”
Weather.com’s monthly traffic may exceed 50-60 million visitors, which makes it a high-profile target.
Wang is a Ph.D student from School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
During his research, Jing also noticed that 76.3 per cent of the 10,000 Weather.com tested links were vulnerable to XSS attacks.
The vulnerability lies in that Weather.com does not filter malicious script codes when constructing HTML tags with its URLs.
This way, an attacker just adds a malicious script at the end of the URL and executes it.