Improper Neutralization of Input During Web Page Generation ('Cross-site Scripting')
Multiple cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerabilities in Joomla! before 1.7.0 allow remote attackers to inject arbitrary web script or HTML via (1) the URI to includes/application.php, reachable through index.php; and, when Internet Explorer or Konqueror is used, (2) allow remote attackers to inject arbitrary web script or HTML via the searchword parameter in a search action to index.php in the com_search component. NOTE: vector 2 exists because of an incomplete fix for CVE-2011-2509.5.
CWE-79 - Cross Site Scripting
Cross-Site Scripting, commonly referred to as XSS, is the most dominant class of vulnerabilities. It allows an attacker to inject malicious code into a pregnable web application and victimize its users. The exploitation of such a weakness can cause severe issues such as account takeover, and sensitive data exfiltration. Because of the prevalence of XSS vulnerabilities and their high rate of exploitation, it has remained in the OWASP top 10 vulnerabilities for years.