Paid Memberships Pro up to path traversal

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A vulnerability was found in Paid Memberships Pro up to It has been rated as problematic. This issue affects an unknown functionality. The manipulation with an unknown input leads to a path traversal vulnerability. Using CWE to declare the problem leads to CWE-22. The product uses external input to construct a pathname that is intended to identify a file or directory that is located underneath a restricted parent directory, but the product does not properly neutralize special elements within the pathname that can cause the pathname to resolve to a location that is outside of the restricted directory. Impacted is confidentiality. The summary by CVE is:

Directory traversal vulnerability in services/getfile.php in the Paid Memberships Pro plugin before 1.7.15 for WordPress allows remote attackers to read arbitrary files via a .. (dot dot) in the QUERY_STRING in a getfile action to wp-admin/admin-ajax.php.

The weakness was published 11/28/2014 by Kacper Szurek (Website). The advisory is shared at The identification of this vulnerability is CVE-2014-8801 since 11/13/2014. The exploitation is known to be easy. The attack may be initiated remotely. No form of authentication is needed for a successful exploitation. Technical details are unknown but a public exploit is available. MITRE ATT&CK project uses the attack technique T1006 for this issue.

A public exploit has been developed by Kacper Szurek and been published even before and not after the advisory. The exploit is available at It is declared as proof-of-concept. The vulnerability was handled as a non-public zero-day exploit for at least 9 days. During that time the estimated underground price was around $0-$5k.

Upgrading to version eliminates this vulnerability.

The vulnerability is also documented in the databases at X-Force (98805) and Exploit-DB (35303).




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Class: Path traversal
ATT&CK: T1006

Local: No
Remote: Yes

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Access: Public
Status: Proof-of-Concept
Author: Kacper Szurek
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OpenVAS ID: 800224
OpenVAS Name: Wordpress Paid Memberships Pro Directory Traversal Vulnerabilities
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Recommended: Upgrade
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Upgrade: Paid Memberships Pro


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03/27/2015 +119 days 🔍
04/04/2022 +2565 days 🔍


Advisory: 129189
Researcher: Kacper Szurek
Status: Confirmed
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CVE: CVE-2014-8801 (🔍)
X-Force: 98805
SecurityFocus: 71293 - WordPress Paid Memberships Pro Plugin 'admin-ajax.php' Directory Traversal Vulnerability

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Created: 03/27/2015 02:56 PM
Updated: 04/04/2022 05:15 PM
Changes: 03/27/2015 02:56 PM (48), 04/07/2018 10:13 AM (17), 04/04/2022 05:15 PM (3)
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