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CVE-2015-7580 (rails-html-sanitizer): Possible XSS vulnerability in rails-html-sanitizer

ADVISORIES

GEM

rails-html-sanitizer

SEVERITY

CVSS v3: 6.1

PATCHED VERSIONS

  • >= 1.0.3

DESCRIPTION

There is a possible XSS vulnerability in the white list sanitizer in the rails-html-sanitizer gem. This vulnerability has been assigned the CVE identifier CVE-2015-7580.

Versions Affected: All. Not affected: None. Fixed Versions: v1.0.3

Impact

Carefully crafted strings can cause user input to bypass the sanitization in the white list sanitizer which will can lead to an XSS attack.

Vulnerable code will look something like this:

<%= sanitize user_input, tags: %w(em) %>

All users running an affected release should either upgrade or use one of the workarounds immediately.

Releases

The FIXED releases are available at the normal locations.

Workarounds

Putting the following monkey patch in an initializer can help to mitigate the issue:

class Rails::Html::PermitScrubber
  alias :old_scrub :scrub
  alias :old_skip_node? :skip_node?

  def scrub(node)
    if node.cdata?
      text = node.document.create_text_node node.text
      node.replace text
      return CONTINUE
    end
    old_scrub node
  end

  def skip_node?(node); node.text?; end
end

Patches

To aid users who aren’t able to upgrade immediately we have provided patches for the two supported release series. They are in git-am format and consist of a single changeset.

  • 1-0-whitelist_sanitizer_xss.patch - Patch for 1.0 series

Credits

Thanks to Arnaud Germis, Nate Clark, and John Colvin for reporting this issue.