Jelly and XSS prevention

If you are writing plugins for Hudson 1.339 and later, put <?jelly escape-by-default='true'?> on every file.

Jelly uses the same expression syntax and semantics as JSP, which tends to make view pages vulnerable to cross-site scripting vulnerabilities. That is, the following seemingly harmless use of expression can result in XSS vulnerability (or a rendering problem) if fullName contains characters like '<'. See this document for more complete discussion of this problem.

<p>My name is ${it.fullName}</p>

To make it easier to avoid this problem, without incurring a backward incompatibility, Jelly scripts in Hudson 1.339 and later can have the following processing instruction at the top:

<?jelly escape-by-default='true'?>
<p>My name is ${it.fullName}</p>

This transparently modifies the behavior of ${...} expressions within this XML file such that Jelly will perform HTML escaping automatically. This processing instruction is strongly recommended on all Jelly files, and it should be a part of your new Jelly file template. Note that this only affects the use of ${...} among PCDATA, and not in attribute values (this is so that Jelly tag invocations don't result in a surprising behavior.)

To cancel out the effect of escape-by-default='true' and allow expressions to produce mark up, use <j:out> like this:

<p>My name is <j:out value="${it.fullName}"/></p>

Also see issue #5135 that tracks the task to have the core use this new feature.


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