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Opened 16 years ago

Closed 16 years ago

#5917 closed defect (bug) (fixed)

Kses should apply bad-protocol check only to URI typed attributes

Reported by: takayukister's profile takayukister Owned by:
Milestone: 2.7 Priority: normal
Severity: normal Version: 2.5
Component: General Keywords: kses has-patch
Focuses: Cc:


Kses HTML filter (wp-includes/kses.php) applies "bad protocol" check to all attribute values now. It treats string including a colon (:) as URI, and if the string doesn't have an allowed protocol (http, https, ftp, ...), it delete the letters before colon as a bad protocol.

But this rule is too strict in many cases. For example, if you want to write

<img src="C-3PO.png" alt="Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope" />

"Star Wars Episode IV:" will be deleted as a bad protocol.

<img src="R2-D2.png" alt="Fig 1: R2-D2" />

"Fig 1:" will be deleted as a bad protocol.

Alt attribute values are not URI. So bad protocol checking shouldn't be needed.

I wrote a patch which makes kses apply bad-protocol check only to URI typed attributes. I referred to HTML spec for attribute types.

Attachments (2)

kses_bad_protocol.diff (3.8 KB) - added by takayukister 16 years ago.
5917.diff (1.9 KB) - added by ryan 16 years ago.

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Change History (12)

#1 @andy
16 years ago

What would this look like as a whitelist?

#2 @takayukister
16 years ago

Andy, what kind of whitelist do you mean?

Actually I was trying picking up attributes which can include colon safely, like <img alt="">, instead of picking away attributes with URI value like my first patch. But I eventually realized that most of attributes can include colon, not only CDATA and Text type, all ID and Name attributes can include colon as well [*], so I thought specifying all these attributes is not effective at that time.

16 years ago

#4 @ryan
16 years ago

5917.diff takes a bit different approach. It moves everything into wp_kses_hair(). The list of attributes to check for bad protocols was obtained by searching for %URI in the XHTML DTDs. Since these particular attributes are always used as a URI regardless of the element they are in, I skipped checking the element.

#5 @ryan
16 years ago

  • Milestone changed from 2.9 to 2.7

Objections to patch?

#6 @takayukister
16 years ago

I agree with ryan's approach. It's simpler to understand.

#7 @drhallows
16 years ago

Tested in WordPress 2.6.1. Working properly. +1

#8 @ryan
16 years ago

  • Resolution set to fixed
  • Status changed from new to closed

(In [8671]) Apply kses bad-protocol checks only to URI typed attributes. Props takayukister. fixes #5917 #6888 #6910 #7512

#9 @ryan
16 years ago

  • Milestone changed from 2.7 to 2.6.2
  • Resolution fixed deleted
  • Status changed from closed to reopened

Reopening for 2.6.2 consideration. Let's try this in trunk for awhile and then apply to 2.6 branch.

#10 @ryan
16 years ago

  • Resolution set to fixed
  • Status changed from reopened to closed

Not going into 2.6.2. Closing.

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