dom – Can You Hack a Websites Server?

dom – Can You Hack a Websites Server?

The answer to your question is yes. For example in many browsers you can open a javascript console and change not only the DOM but also the javascript on the site.

There is no guarantee that the code you write for a webpage will be run as you code it. Any user can change their copy. What they should not be able to do is change other peoples copy. When they do this is called a cross site scripting (XSS) attack. (Typically done by adding script to a field which is saved in a database server and then served to another user.)

To protect your site you need to ensure that all web service calls are secure — that is a user cant call them with malicious data and cause problems.

You also need to block against SQL injection attacks.

There is NO way to protect against a user changing the web page on their machine and having it do something you did not intend, so all validation needs to occur both in the browser and on the server.


As an example of how easy it is to change the local browser behavior, consider the browser extension. A browser extension is a pre-coded way to change the way web pages act locally.
(Think about ad-blockers as a specific example.)

dom – Can You Hack a Websites Server?

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