I'm creating a template for comments on my WordPress site. I noticed that a simple <script>alert(1);</script> slips through the default WP codex implementation of comments, using the comment_text() function to display my comments. No bueno.

How can i properly sanitize and/or escape WordPress comments? The esc_html() function, seems to do nothing in this case.

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    Are you sure this isn't because you tested this as an administrator with the unfiltered_html capability?
    – Tom J Nowell
    Apr 19, 2021 at 23:11
  • @TomJNowell You are 100% right. I did not know, that this capability extended to comments as well, but I guess that this makes sense after all.
    – p01ntbr34k
    Apr 19, 2021 at 23:29

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After thinking about this a little bit, I guess that the proper way to ensure that your comments are properly escaped, is by doing something like this:

$the_comment = get_comment_text();
echo '<p>' . esc_html($the_comment) . '</p>'; 

Instead of simply using the function like this:


Why even have these handy functions in the first place, if they aren't properly escaped? The comment_author(); function IS, yet this is not for some reason?

Perhaps I am missing something?

I was missing something: the unfiltered_html capability given to the admin role, extends to comments. Read more here: https://wordpress.org/support/article/roles-and-capabilities/#unfiltered_html

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