XSS in various backend modules

Neos was subject to XSS in various backend modules due to (un)escaping in the JS notification module.

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Component Type: neos/neos
Vulnerability Type: XSS
Severity: medium
Affected Versions: Neos from version 3.3 upwards
Fixed Versions: 5.3.10, 7.0.9, 7.1.7, 7.2.6, 7.3.4, 8.0.2
CVE: CVE-2022-30429

The notification module displaying flash messages unscapes HTML coming from the server, resulting in XSS vulnerabilities with various names and labels of entities (eg. workspace title or media title).

This however means you must be a logged in user with respective rights in the first place to leverage the attack vector.

Fixing the Issue

To fix the issue, you need to update neos/neos to the newest bugfix version.

Note: The last supported version for security fixes is Neos 5.3. If you are still using an earlier Neos version we urge you to update immediately anyway.

Make sure you have at least one of the following versions after updating: 

  • 5.3.10
  • 7.0.9
  • 7.1.7
  • 7.2.6
  • 7.3.4
  • 8.0.2


Thanks to Nina Wagner of it.sec GmbH who reported the issue to us. And to Christian Müller for fixing it!

Getting Help

In case you are unsure about the issue, don't hesitate to contact the Neos team on Slack (#neos-general) or through the other communication channels!