Feeds

Google launches hacker game to train bug 'mercenaries'

Increase your XSS-fu, win cake

Securing Web Applications Made Simple and Scalable

Google wants to bring new blood into the security bug hunter community with a game launched to test developers' knowledge of cross site scripting (XSS) vulnerabilities.

The XSS Game put devs through six games of increasing complexity that required successful attacks against mock vulnerable web applications.

"The game is designed primarily for developers working on web applications who do not specialise in security," Google wrote on the game page.

"XSS bugs are common because they have a nasty habit of popping up wherever a web app deals with untrusted input.

"Our motivation is to highlight common coding patterns which lead to XSS to help you spot them in your code."

Seasoned security researchers would breeze through the tests and may be better placed testing their hacking skills against other free challenges.

The first level required developers to execute JavaScript in a page without proper escaping for included user input. Hints were provided and developers could consult a host of external sources for information on launching XSS attacks.

Google has been keen to stamp out XSS bugs in its products. In June last year, Mountain View doubled its bug bounty rewards for dangerous XSS bugs in its critical applications from $3133.70 (leet in hacker speak) to $7000

Cross site scripting, together with SQL injection, is still a favourite attack vector according to a recent FireHost report. It remained in third spot in the OWASP Top 10 security threat list. ®

The smart choice: opportunity from uncertainty

More from The Register

next story
Mozilla fixes CRITICAL security holes in Firefox, urges v31 upgrade
Misc memory hazards 'could be exploited' - and guess what, one's a Javascript vuln
Manic malware Mayhem spreads through Linux, FreeBSD web servers
And how Google could cripple infection rate in a second
How long is too long to wait for a security fix?
Synology finally patches OpenSSL bugs in Trevor's NAS
Don't look, Snowden: Security biz chases Tails with zero-day flaws alert
Exodus vows not to sell secrets of whistleblower's favorite OS
Roll out the welcome mat to hackers and crackers
Security chap pens guide to bug bounty programs that won't fail like Yahoo!'s
HIDDEN packet sniffer spy tech in MILLIONS of iPhones, iPads – expert
Don't panic though – Apple's backdoor is not wide open to all, guru tells us
Researcher sat on critical IE bugs for THREE YEARS
VUPEN waited for Pwn2Own cash while IE's sandbox leaked
prev story

Whitepapers

Top three mobile application threats
Prevent sensitive data leakage over insecure channels or stolen mobile devices.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
Build a business case: developing custom apps
Learn how to maximize the value of custom applications by accelerating and simplifying their development.