Improper Neutralization of Equivalent Special Elements

The product correctly neutralizes certain special elements, but it improperly neutralizes equivalent special elements.


The product may have a fixed list of special characters it believes is complete. However, there may be alternate encodings, or representations that also have the same meaning. For example, the product may filter out a leading slash (/) to prevent absolute path names, but does not account for a tilde (~) followed by a user name, which on some *nix systems could be expanded to an absolute pathname. Alternately, the product might filter a dangerous "-e" command-line switch when calling an external program, but it might not account for "--exec" or other switches that have the same semantics.

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Comprehensive Categorization: Injection

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Validate Inputs

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