Reflected XSS in iframe allows unauthenticated users to do almost anything an admin can


Last revised:

If the “get_params_from_url” option is used in the iframe shortcode, the page/post it’s on is opened up to a reflected XSS attack.

Current state: Fixed

CVSS Summary

CVSS base scores for this vulnerability
Score 5.8 Medium
Vector Network
Complexity Medium
Authentication None
Confidentiality Partial
Integrity Partial
Availability None
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Proof of concept

Paste the following into a post:

[iframe src="" width="100%" height="500" get_params_from_url="1"]

Visit the post in a browser that doesn’t attempt to mitigate XSS attacks (i.e. Firefox) and add some extra parameters:


Advisory timeline

  • 2015-07-31: Discovered
  • 2015-08-05: Reported to vendor via web form on
  • 2015-08-06: Vendor responded
  • 2015-08-10: Vendor reported fixed in version 4.0
  • 2015-08-10: Published

Mitigation/further actions

Upgrade to version 4.0 or later

If this is not possible, ensure that the ‘get_params_from_url’ argument is never used in the shortcode.