Difference Between Cross Frame Scripting and Cross Site Scripting

There are a lot of concepts in technology that a lot of people may struggle with understanding. For instance, on face value, a person may feel as though cross frame scripting and cross site scripting are pretty much the same thing. The problem is that they are quite wrong about that and this could lead to errors. By understanding the difference between these two concepts, a person will be better able to help stop a problem from getting worse or to prevent the problem entirely. This paper will help you understand the differences between these two concepts.

Cross site scripting is a term for a type of security vulnerability that can be seen in web applications, plug-in systems, and a company’s servers. According to Symantec in 2007, these types of attacks account for around 84% of the vulnerabilities that the company had seen. Attackers can use this as a way to bypass certain access controls, including the website’s same-origin policy. Depending on the data that can be found on the website and any security roadblocks set up by the company, cross site scripting could be just some minor issue all the way to very serious security risks.

Cross frame scripting typically revolves around using malicious JavaScript along with an iframe that will load a legitimate page for users in order to steal the data from them. It is important to note that this technique will only really work when it utilizes social engineering tactics to lure the user. For instance, the attacker may trick a user into going to a similar page that they are used to in order to get them to type in their information. The attacker will steal those keystrokes so that they can use it to get the information that they need to log into a website.

As you can see, there is a very distinct difference between the two that would greatly alter just how you would go about protecting your business from these issues. Since one is more code based (cross site scripting), ensuring that all of the vulnerabilities on your site are blocked so that an attacker cannot access it is going to be your best course of action to prevent this problem. Since cross frame scripting really relies on social engineering tactics, you will need to work with your employees to make sure that they are following safe internet practices, so that they do not fall victim to these types of scams.

In both of these cases, being vigilant is going to be the best thing that you can do for your website. You should always make sure that you are getting the highest level of protection. These two problems may be very different, but sometimes an attacker may use both techniques as a way to get into your website. Make sure that you train your employees on internet safety, including how to know if they are facing a phishing scheme. As for cross site scripting, cookie authentication tactics and disabling scripts can be very helpful in preventing these attacks.

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