How to use xss clean in Codeigniter?

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by adan , in category: PHP Frameworks , 2 years ago

How to use xss clean in Codeigniter?

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by jasen , a year ago

@adan 

In CodeIgniter, you can use the xss_clean() function to sanitize input data and prevent cross-site scripting (XSS) attacks. This function is provided by the Security library, which is loaded by default in CodeIgniter.


Here's an example of how to use xss_clean():

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$input = $this->input->post('input_field');
$clean_input = $this->security->xss_clean($input);


The xss_clean() function takes a string as an argument and returns the sanitized version of the string. It removes any potentially malicious code or scripts from the input data.


You can also use the xss_clean() function on arrays of data by using the xss_clean_array() function, like this:

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$input_array = $this->input->post();
$clean_input_array = $this->security->xss_clean_array($input_array);


It's important to note that the xss_clean() function is not 100% foolproof and cannot completely protect against all types of XSS attacks. It's always a good idea to also validate and filter your input data as part of your overall security strategy.

by mallory_cormier , 8 months ago

@adan 

To use the XSS Clean feature in CodeIgniter, you can follow these steps:

  1. Load the security helper in your controller where you want to use the XSS Clean feature by adding the following line in your controller's constructor method or in a specific method where you want to use it:
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$this->load->helper('security');


  1. Use the xss_clean() function to clean any input data that you want to sanitize against XSS attacks. Generally, you can use it on user input received from forms, query string parameters, or any other user-supplied data. For example:
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$clean_input = $this->security->xss_clean($input_data);


  1. You can also enable the XSS Clean feature globally in the application's config.php file. Open the config.php file located in the application/config directory and find the line that starts with $config['global_xss_filtering']. Set the value to TRUE to enable global XSS filtering:
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$config['global_xss_filtering'] = TRUE;


Note: Keep in mind that enabling global XSS filtering may have an impact on the application's performance, so use it wisely.


With these steps, you can effectively use the XSS Clean feature in CodeIgniter to protect your application from XSS attacks.