CSRF in YouTube (WordPress plugin) could allow unauthenticated attacker to change any setting within the plugin

Score Vector Complexity Authentication Confidentiality Integrity Availability
Network Medium None None Partial None

You can read more about CVSS base scores on Wikipedia or in the CVSS specification.


The plugin contains a CSRF vulnerability which allows an attacker to change any setting in the plugin so long as they can cause a logged-in admin user to follow a link.

The impact of the CSRF vulnerability appears to be limited because it seems that the plugin is not vulnerable to XSS or anything else which could be used in conjunction with the CSRF vulnerability.

Proof of concept

Visit a page with the following content, and click submit:

<form method="POST" action="http://localhost/wp-admin/admin.php?page=youtube-my-preferences">
  <input type="text" name="ytprefs_submitted" value="Y">
  <input type="text" name="apikey" value="HELLO">
  <input type="submit">

The “YouTube API Key:” value will be set to “HELLO”.

In a real attack, forms can be auto-submitted.

Mitigation/further actions

Upgrade to version 11.8.2 or later.