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From "Pascal Schumacher (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (TEXT-46) StringEscapeUtils.unescapeHtml: handle HTML escapes without semicolon
Date Mon, 26 Dec 2016 16:45:58 GMT

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Pascal Schumacher commented on TEXT-46:
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Issue moved from commons-lang to commons-text, because WordUtils was ported to commons-text
and and the commons-lang version will soon be deprecated.

> StringEscapeUtils.unescapeHtml: handle HTML escapes without semicolon
> ---------------------------------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: TEXT-46
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/TEXT-46
>             Project: Commons Text
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>            Reporter: Steve Hale
>            Priority: Minor
>         Attachments: commons-lang3-LANG-757.patch
>
>
> org.apache.commons.lang.StringEscapeUtils.unescapeHtml is useful in detecting and correcting
Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) attempts by converting escaped chars like &# 60; or & lt;
(remove spaces) into normal chars like < so patterns like HTML tags can be detected.  Many
browsers will allow variations without semicolons, particularly the long UTF-8 encoding like
&#0000060.  Please see: http://ha.ckers.org/xss.html
> Since this may not be standard HTML, maybe adding a boolean bLenient parameter to the
method could allow better backward compatibility.



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