CVE-2015-6535: Stored XSS in YouTube Embed (WordPress plugin) allows admins to compromise super admins Aug 26 2015 05:21PM
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Software: YouTube Embed
Version: 3.3.2
Homepage: https://wordpress.org/plugins/youtube-embed/
CVE ID: CVE-2015-6535 (Pending)
CVSS: 5.5 (Medium; AV:N/AC:L/Au:S/C:P/I:P/A:N)

A stored XSS vulnerability in YouTube Embed 3.3.2 (and possibly earlier versions) allows admin users to compromise other admins and super admins.

YouTube Embed is a WordPress plugin with over 30,000 active installs.

Admins on multisite installs can inject arbitrary JavaScript into pages visible to super admins via the plugin's unsanitized profile name field.

Note: Admins on multisite installs lack the unfiltered_html capability ? only super admins can enter unfiltered html [2].

From youtube-embed/includes/options-profiles.php:

31: $options[ 'name' ] = $_POST[ 'youtube_embed_name' ];
95: echo '<div class="updated fade"><p><strong>' . __( $options[ 'name' ].' Profile Saved.' ) . "</strong></p></div>\n";

Proof of concept
1. As an admin user authorized for plugins, go to the YouTube Embed Profiles page.
2. Choose a profile from the drop down list on the right and click 'Change profile'.
3. Enter an XSS payload (e.g. <script>alert(1)</script>) into the 'Profile name' field.
4. Log out and log in as a super admin or a different admin.
5. Navigate to the YouTube Embed Options page.

This has been tested with Firefox 38.2.0 on Debian.

Upgrade the plugin to version 3.3.3 or later.

2015-08-19: Discovered
2015-08-19: Requested vulnerability reporting instructions via vendor support form
2015-08-20: Vendor asked that vulnerability be reported on the vendor's website plugin page
2015-08-20: Reported to vendor via plugin page
2015-08-20: Requested CVE number
2015-08-23: Vendor released version 3.3.3 ? confirmed fixed
2015-08-26: Public Disclosure

[1] https://wordpress.org/plugins/youtube-embed/changelog/
[2] https://codex.wordpress.org/Roles_and_Capabilities#Additional_Admin_Capa

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