Sitecore 8.2 update 4

We've been editing some pages, and noticing that rel="noopener noreferrer" get's added into text. I understand that, it's good to have it added to _blank links. But it's being auto-added in text blocks as well when editing.

Ex- I open an RTE field and add new link using "HyperLink Manager" and choose target as a blank. Now save the item and again open RTE field what it did that it added a rel="noopener noreferrer" on link, as well as on above text that is in RTE. enter image description here

I found a property in Sitecore.config called "ProtectExternalLinksWithBlankTarget" by disabling this "noopener noreferrer" feature is disabled but is there any other way to use this feature correctly.

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You should leave it as is.

target="_blank" is a security vulnerability. In previous versions, you had to fix this yourself but in Sitecore 8.2 onwards, this is the default behaviour.

More information here: Adding rel=”noopener” to Sitecore

Edited to add: Your clarified behaviour, however, is clearly a bug and should be taken to Sitecore Support.

  • Did you get anything from Sitecore regarding this? Commented Feb 17, 2018 at 15:40

This is a known bug.I raised a ticket to Sitecore support and they replied that it is a bug and it already resolved in Sitecore 8.2 update 6

So you have two choices here -

  1. Upgrade your solution on Sitecore 8.2 update 6 or
  2. Raised a support ticket on Sitecore support portal and they will provide you the fix/patch.
  • Remember to update answer with the patch number once received.
    – jrap
    Commented Feb 19, 2018 at 16:24
  • we have sitecore 9.0 and issue is still there.
    – Simone
    Commented May 22, 2018 at 8:38
  • Can you please share patch number or bug number so we can get the patch from Sitecore?
    – Nirlep
    Commented Jun 19, 2018 at 14:30
  • Yes, @simone it is also a bug in Sitecore 9 initial release Commented Jun 21, 2018 at 12:10
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    @Nirlep The bug number is 175841 Commented Jun 21, 2018 at 12:10

Sitecore has created a KB article for this issue which can be found here It also contains a link do download the patch

I ran into this issue with 9.0.1 and the Sitecore patch fixed the issue.

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