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Important Security Update: Addressing CVE-2024-33665 in Angular Translate

Hero Devs
May 2, 2024

May 2, 2024

Important Security Update: Addressing CVE-2024-33665 in Angular Translate

Understanding the Vulnerability:

The popular JavaScript translation library for AngularJS 1.x apps, angular-translate, has recently been identified with a cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability – tagged as CVE-2024-33665, this security flaw presents significant risks, as it affects all versions from v2.4.0 onwards. Angular-translate is widely utilized for dynamic content translation across various applications, making this vulnerability particularly concerning.

The core of the issue lies in the unsanitized keys used by the translate directive, which do not sanitize input before it is rendered. This could allow attackers to inject malicious scripts into the application, potentially leading to unauthorized access to sensitive data or manipulation of user sessions.

Steps to Reproduce:

The vulnerability can be triggered by injecting malicious code into input fields that are then processed by the translate directive. A proof of concept demonstrating this exploit is available on StackBlitz, showing how malicious scripts can be introduced into a system using angular-translate.

Addressing the Issue:

Despite angular-translate for AngularJS reaching its end-of-life, HeroDevs has stepped up to provide a critical patch to address this vulnerability. This patch ensures that input keys are properly sanitized, thus blocking the potential for XSS attacks through this vector.

HeroDevs clients paying for AngularJS Essentials Never-Ending Support received the fix for this issue in the latest NES version of angular-translate (angularjs-essentials@1.8.3-angular-translate-2.20.1). If you haven’t installed the latest version yet or need assistance, please contact our support team for help.

For all other Angular-translate users, please consider a speedy migration away from Angular-translate. Alternatively, please reach out to explore how easy it is to receive secure AngularJS updates from HeroDevs.

Learning and Prevention:

To further assist the community, HeroDevs offers detailed guidance on preventing similar vulnerabilities in the future. Key strategies include sanitizing data inputs, particularly those that interact with critical components like translation directives. We also recommended regularly reviewing and updating third-party libraries to catch and address potential security flaws before they can be exploited.

Community Engagement and Support:

HeroDevs remains committed to supporting the open-source community by not only addressing end-of-life vulnerabilities but also by educating developers about best security practices. For detailed information on implementing the patch and securing your applications, visit our GitHub page or contact our support team directly.


CVE-2024-33665 serves as a reminder of the importance of maintaining and securing software, even after it has reached end-of-life. With proactive measures and community support, we can ensure a safer digital environment for all users.

If you are interested in receiving security, compliance, and compatibility support for AngularJS and supporting libraries, please contact us.

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Hero Devs
May 2, 2024

May 2, 2024