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WordPress Yoast 2.1.1 Cross Site Scripting

WordPress Yoast 2.1.1 Cross Site Scripting
Posted Jun 13, 2015

WordPress Yoast versions 2.1.1 and below suffer from a persistent cross site scripting vulnerability.

tags | exploit, xss
SHA-256 | bfff3a2275513e91d91d935dc8fc2eab7d110e75073113f0eff262f408506b4e

WordPress Yoast 2.1.1 Cross Site Scripting

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Info
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Affects: Yoast Wordpress SEO Plugin <= 2.1.1
Download URL: https://wordpress.org/plugins/wordpress-seo/
Advisory URL: https://inventropy.us/blog/yoast-seo-plugin-cross-site-scripting-vulnerability/
Acknowledgement: https://wordpress.org/plugins/wordpress-seo/changelog/

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Description
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The "snippet preview" functionality of the Yoast WordPress SEO plugin prior to version 2.2 was susceptible to cross-site scripting in the admin panel, related to the "metabox" functionality. This vulnerability appears to have been reported 2 years ago by someone named "badconker" (link: https://wordpress.org/support/topic/security-issue-with-post-title-field-xss-vulnerability#post-3575617), but the plugin author said that it had already been patched at the time.

The issue can be triggered by entering arbitrary HTML into the post title field, such as in the example URL provided below.

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Vulnerable URL
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http://example.site/wp-admin/post-new.php?post_title=<img onerror=alert(1) src=>

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Vulnerable Code
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try {
str = jQuery('<div/>').html(str).text();
str = str.replace(/<\/?[^>]+>/gi, '');
str = str.replace(/\[(.+?)\](.+?\[\/\\1\])?/g, '');
} catch (e) {}

Link: https://github.com/Yoast/wordpress-seo/blob/2.1.1/js/wp-seo-metabox.js#L1-13

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Fix
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Updating to the latest version (2.2.1 at the time of this advisory) will fix this issue.


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