China is a Good Place to Pen Test

In the midst of crazy work, I breezed through certain websites and randomly injected some simple attack vectors over this month in China. I found several large sites that are vulnerable to XSS and SQL Injection.

Large sites including DangDang, Sina China, Sogou, Baidu, some of them fixed the problems after emailing them or maybe after reading the logs, too. However, the SQL Injection in DangDang remains unfixed and that is not good. I will not disclose here though ( you can certainly find it easily. It is just simple and buggy. )

To give you an idea of how big the sites above are relative to China, here are some analogies :

DangDang – Amazon

Sina China – Yahoo! News

Sogou –

Baidu – Google ( bonus, Baidu beats Google in China )

I guess I will have to find more time to play with these sites to look for more holes. But for now, I have tons of work piling up. Ouch. I have vacation today, in office.


6 Responses to “China is a Good Place to Pen Test”

  1. 1 kklo September 29, 2008 at 4:02 pm

    Vulnerable to XSS and SQL Injection for those Tier 1 websites!!!!!!……. They should take a course in Web Security 101 …

  2. 2 log0 October 4, 2008 at 7:34 am


    Yes, sadly, it is not difficult at all to locate them.

    Afterall, secure web application development isn’t just a course, but an enforcement of practices throughout the development team. There are plentiful courses and books that talk about it, but enforcing them is another story. I might find more when I have time…

  3. 3 Chris Weber December 9, 2008 at 12:03 am

    What organizations are available for yout to report findings to? In the USA we have CERT and some others for product findings. Website findings might be tricky because there’s lots of legal lines that get crossed.

  4. 4 log0 December 9, 2008 at 7:38 am


    You brought up a good point. I should find the local ones. However I just discovered one sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo alike of milworm, you know… *sigh* it just hurts to see so many duplicates ( triplicates! in fact ) around.

  5. 5 log0 December 9, 2008 at 7:38 am


    Yea. What are some precautions do you think we should take to disclose responsibly our findings?

  6. 6 log0 December 9, 2008 at 7:43 am


    A simple research turns out some sites : ( This one is really like milworm ) ( This is very well known, Kuza55 went to gave a presentation there this year in Beijing, just the 22nd Nov last month .)

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