OS Command Injection in yt-dlp

Published: 2023-09-25
Risk High
Patch available YES
Number of vulnerabilities 1
CVE-ID CVE-2023-40581
Exploitation vector Network
Public exploit N/A
Vulnerable software
Universal components / Libraries / Software for developers

Vendor yt-dlp

Security Bulletin

This security bulletin contains one high risk vulnerability.

1) OS Command Injection

EUVDB-ID: #VU81085

Risk: High


CVE-ID: CVE-2023-40581

CWE-ID: CWE-78 - Improper Neutralization of Special Elements used in an OS Command ('OS Command Injection')

Exploit availability: No


The vulnerability allows a remote attacker to execute arbitrary shell commands on the target system.

The vulnerability exists due to improper input validation when using "%q" in yt-dlp on Windows. A remote unauthenticated attacker can pass specially crafted data to the application and execute arbitrary OS commands on the target system.

Successful exploitation of this vulnerability may result in complete compromise of vulnerable system.


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Vulnerable software versions

yt-dlp: 2021.04.11 - 2023.07.06

CPE2.3 External links


Q & A

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