WordPress up to 4.5.3 ajax-actions.php wp_ajax_update_plugin access control

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A vulnerability has been found in WordPress (Content Management System) and classified as critical. Affected by this vulnerability is the function wp_ajax_update_plugin of the file wp-admin/includes/ajax-actions.php. The manipulation of the argument plugin with an unknown input leads to a access control vulnerability. The CWE definition for the vulnerability is CWE-284. The software does not restrict or incorrectly restricts access to a resource from an unauthorized actor. As an impact it is known to affect confidentiality, integrity, and availability.

The bug was discovered 01/18/2017. The weakness was disclosed 01/18/2017 by Yorick Koster (oss-sec). It is possible to read the advisory at openwall.com. This vulnerability is known as CVE-2016-10148 since 01/18/2017. The attack can be launched remotely. The successful exploitation needs a single authentication. Technical details of the vulnerability are known, but there is no available exploit. The attack technique deployed by this issue is T1068 according to MITRE ATT&CK.

By approaching the search of inurl:wp-admin/includes/ajax-actions.php it is possible to find vulnerable targets with Google Hacking. The vulnerability scanner Nessus provides a plugin with the ID 93111 (WordPress < 4.6 Multiple Vulnerabilities), which helps to determine the existence of the flaw in a target environment. It is assigned to the family CGI abuses and running in the context r. The commercial vulnerability scanner Qualys is able to test this issue with plugin 11763 (WordPress Prior to 4.6 Multiple Security Vulnerabilities).

Upgrading to version 4.6 eliminates this vulnerability. A possible mitigation has been published even before and not after the disclosure of the vulnerability.

The vulnerability is also documented in the vulnerability database at Tenable (93111). The entries 90906 and 90907 are pretty similar.





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Class: Access control
CWE: CWE-284 / CWE-266
ATT&CK: T1068

Local: No
Remote: Yes

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Status: Proof-of-Concept
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Nessus ID: 93111
Nessus Name: WordPress < 4.6 Multiple Vulnerabilities
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OpenVAS ID: 881268
OpenVAS Name: WordPress Core Ajax handlers CSRF and Directory Traversal Vulnerabilities (Linux)
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Recommended: Upgrade
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Upgrade: WordPress 4.6


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Product: wordpress.com

Advisory: 38168
Researcher: Yorick Koster
Status: Not defined
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CVE: CVE-2016-10148 (🔍)
SecurityFocus: 96847 - WordPress 'wp_ajax_update_plugin()' Function Information Disclosure Vulnerability

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Created: 01/19/2017 09:38 AM
Updated: 11/01/2022 10:25 AM
Changes: 01/19/2017 09:38 AM (77), 06/08/2020 08:49 AM (4), 11/01/2022 10:18 AM (3), 11/01/2022 10:25 AM (1)
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