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if($('#' + untrusted_js_code).length) > 0 ....`
Normally “untrusted_js_code” should be a simple string representing the ID of an item. The value of the variable comes from an iframe (trough postMessage), this is why it’s untrusted. And I’m just checking if that item exists in the current page, and only then do stuff with it.
As of 22/10/2012, jQuery 1.8.2:
Yes, XSS attacks are possible.
var input = "<script>alert('hello');</script>" $(input).appendTo("body");
As of jQuery 1.8, use
$.parseHTML if you expect user input to be html:
var input = "<script>alert('hello');</script>" $($.parseHTML(input)).appendTo("body");
See demo, no alerts.
In the case OP describes however, the following:
var untrusted_js_code = 'alert("moo")'; $('#' + untrusted_js_code).show();
Will translate to this:
This is intrepreted by jQuery as a CSS selector, thanks to the preceding # in the string, which as oppposed to html cannot have in-line JS code, so it is relatively safe. The code above would only tell jQuery to look for a DOM element by that ID, resulting in jQuery failing to find the element and thus not performing any action.