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Web applications are becoming truly pervasive in all kinds of business models and organizations. Today, most critical systems such as those related to health care, banking, or even emergency response, are relying on these applications. They must therefore include, in addition to the expected value offered to their users, reliable mechanisms to ensure their security. In this paper, the authors focus on the specific problem of cross-site scripting attacks against web applications. They present a study of this kind of attacks, and survey current approaches for their prevention. Applicability and limitations of each proposal are also discussed.
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