Protect Your GitHub Repository from XSS Attacks with the Latest phpMyFAQ Update

CVECVE-2023-0786
CVSScvssV3_0: 8.4
SourceCVE-2023-0786

The popular open source PHP-based FAQ script phpMyFAQ was found to have a vulnerability that could allow attackers to perform Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) attacks.

XSS attacks work by injecting malicious scripts into web pages viewed by other users. A hacker could craft a specially malicious URL or webpage that contains script code and trick users into clicking on the link. Once a user visits the malicious page, the hidden script would run on their browser and potentially allow the attacker to steal user data or take control of the affected website.

In this case, the vulnerability was found in versions of phpMyFAQ prior to 3.1.11. By submitting specially crafted input containing script code to the GitHub repository, an attacker could execute arbitrary scripts in other users’ browsers when they visited the affected pages on the site.

The good news is that developers have released an update, version 3.1.11, which fixes this XSS flaw. All phpMyFAQ users are recommended to update their installations immediately. Website owners should also ensure they have the latest version deployed.

To protect yourself further, always be cautious of unexpected or unfamiliar links and URLs. Use an adblocker when browsing and only install software from official and trusted sources. Keeping your systems and software updated is one of the best ways to enhance your online security.

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