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CVE-2023-28439

Published: 22 March 2023

CKEditor4 is an open source what-you-see-is-what-you-get HTML editor. A cross-site scripting vulnerability has been discovered affecting Iframe Dialog and Media Embed packages. The vulnerability may trigger a JavaScript code after fulfilling special conditions: using one of the affected packages on a web page with missing proper Content Security Policy configuration; initializing the editor on an element and using an element other than `<textarea>` as a base; and destroying the editor instance. This vulnerability might affect a small percentage of integrators that depend on dynamic editor initialization/destroy mechanism. A fix is available in CKEditor4 version 4.21.0. In some rare cases, a security fix may be considered a breaking change. Starting from version 4.21.0, the Iframe Dialog plugin applies the `sandbox` attribute by default, which restricts JavaScript code execution in the iframe element. To change this behavior, configure the `config.iframe_attributes` option. Also starting from version 4.21.0, the Media Embed plugin regenerates the entire content of the embed widget by default. To change this behavior, configure the `config.embed_keepOriginalContent` option. Those who choose to enable either of the more permissive options or who cannot upgrade to a patched version should properly configure Content Security Policy to avoid any potential security issues that may arise from embedding iframe elements on their web page.

Notes

AuthorNote
sbeattie
embedded copies of ckeditor are in ldap-account-manager,
rt4, and rt5

Priority

Medium

Cvss 3 Severity Score

6.1

Score breakdown

Status

Package Release Status
ckeditor
Launchpad, Ubuntu, Debian
bionic Needs triage

focal Needs triage

jammy Needs triage

kinetic Ignored
(end of life, was needs-triage)
lunar Ignored
(end of life, was needs-triage)
mantic Needs triage

noble Needs triage

trusty Ignored
(end of standard support)
upstream Needs triage

xenial Needs triage

ckeditor3
Launchpad, Ubuntu, Debian
bionic Needs triage

focal Needs triage

jammy Needs triage

kinetic Ignored
(end of life, was needs-triage)
lunar Ignored
(end of life, was needs-triage)
mantic Needs triage

noble Needs triage

trusty Ignored
(end of standard support)
upstream Needs triage

xenial Ignored
(end of standard support)
ldap-account-manager
Launchpad, Ubuntu, Debian
bionic Needs triage

focal Needs triage

jammy Needs triage

kinetic Ignored
(end of life, was needs-triage)
lunar Ignored
(end of life, was needs-triage)
mantic Needs triage

noble Needs triage

trusty Ignored
(end of standard support)
upstream Needs triage

xenial Needs triage

request-tracker4
Launchpad, Ubuntu, Debian
bionic Needs triage

focal Needs triage

jammy Needs triage

kinetic Ignored
(end of life, was needs-triage)
lunar Ignored
(end of life, was needs-triage)
mantic Needs triage

noble Needs triage

trusty Ignored
(end of standard support)
upstream Needs triage

xenial Needs triage

Severity score breakdown

Parameter Value
Base score 6.1
Attack vector Network
Attack complexity Low
Privileges required None
User interaction Required
Scope Changed
Confidentiality Low
Integrity impact Low
Availability impact None
Vector CVSS:3.1/AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:R/S:C/C:L/I:L/A:N