The newly discovered Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) vulnerability, identified as CVE-2023-47505, affects Elementor, a popular website builder plugin for WordPress. This vulnerability impacts Elementor versions prior to 3.16.4, which can routinely be found in various popular website building solutions.

What is Cross-Site Scripting?

Cross-Site Scripting is a type of security vulnerability often found in web applications. This vulnerability allows an attacker to inject malicious scripts into otherwise benign websites. These scripts are typically executed by the attacker's web browser, leading to potential security breaches.

In the case of Elementor, the vulnerability allows attackers to inject specially crafted scripts into user-generated content, potentially leading to the theft of sensitive information, impersonation of users, or other malicious activity.

Exploit Details

Attackers who successfully exploit this vulnerability can execute arbitrary JavaScript code within the context of the affected website. This could lead to:

Unauthorized actions on behalf of affected users

To exploit this vulnerability, an attacker needs to find a way to inject malicious JavaScript code into a user-generated content field of an affected Elementor version. Below is a simple code snippet that demonstrates the type of malicious input an attacker might use:

// Example of malicious JavaScript code
alert('XSS Vulnerability!');

1. The vulnerability was first disclosed on the CVE List managed by the MITRE Corporation.

2. For more information on the affected versions of Elementor, please visit the Elementor Changelog page.

Mitigation and Recommendations

Elementor has already addressed this vulnerability in version 3.16.4. Users running affected versions of Elementor are strongly recommended to update to the latest version by following the steps below:

Find the 'Elementor' plugin and click 'Update Now.'

Please note that updating to version 3.16.4 will mitigate the risk of exploitation of CVE-2023-47505. However, web developers and administrators must remain vigilant, as new vulnerabilities may be discovered in the future.

In addition to updating Elementor, users are encouraged to

- Regularly update all WordPress plugins and themes, especially in the context of security vulnerabilities and patches.


The CVE-2023-47505 vulnerability in Elementor demonstrates the importance of promptly addressing security vulnerabilities, especially in widely used web platforms like WordPress. By staying up-to-date with software updates and adhering to best security practices, web developers and administrators can mitigate the risks associated with XSS vulnerabilities and other potential threats.


Published on: 11/30/2023 12:15:08 UTC
Last modified on: 12/05/2023 20:15:01 UTC