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suspicious-mark-safe-usage (S308)#

Derived from the flake8-bandit linter.

What it does#

Checks for uses of calls to django.utils.safestring.mark_safe.

Why is this bad?#

Cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerabilities allow attackers to execute arbitrary JavaScript. To guard against XSS attacks, Django templates assumes that data is unsafe and automatically escapes malicious strings before rending them.

django.utils.safestring.mark_safe marks a string as safe for use in HTML templates, bypassing XSS protection. This is dangerous because it may allow cross-site scripting attacks if the string is not properly escaped.


from django.utils.safestring import mark_safe

content = mark_safe("<script>alert('Hello, world!')</script>")  # XSS.

Use instead:

content = "<script>alert('Hello, world!')</script>"  # Safe if rendered.