HTML encoding

When you need to display any content to the users, in most cases it should be HTML-encoded to prevent cross-site scripting attachs.

DotVVM takes the safety-first approach, and encodes automatically all content before printing it out using the value binding or resource binding.

<!-- The DisplayName is HTML-encoded automatically -->
<p>Hi, {{value: DisplayName}}!</p>

Render raw HTML

Sometimes, you need to render raw HTML without the encoding. There are only two ways how it can be done in DotVVM:

<dot:HtmlLiteral Html="{resource: BlogPostHtml}" />
  • Build your own code-only control and use writer.WriteUnencodedText method when rendering the control.

Review the app security

If you want to make sure your app is secure, we recommend to:

  • search for all usages of HtmlLiteral (in the markup or instantiated from C# code)
  • search for all usages of writer.WriteUnencodedText

For all these usages, you need to track the origin of the value - where does it come from or how it was composed.

Sometimes, it comes from a trusted source (e. g. a small group of the website authors) where you don't need to do anything.

In other cases, it is provided by the website users: entirely, or partially (users provide some input which is inserted into some template). In such cases, you either need to HTML-encode all the input from the user, or use libraries like HtmlSanitizer to remove all potentially dangerous constructs from the HTML.

We also recommend to use some penetration testing tool to discover potential vulnerabilities.

See also