Rapid7 Vulnerability & Exploit Database

WordPress WP EasyCart Plugin Privilege Escalation

Back to Search

WordPress WP EasyCart Plugin Privilege Escalation



The WordPress WP EasyCart plugin from version 1.1.30 to 3.0.20 allows authenticated users of any user level to set any system option via a lack of validation in the ec_ajax_update_option and ec_ajax_clear_all_taxrates functions located in /inc/admin/admin_ajax_functions.php. The module first changes the admin e-mail address to prevent any notifications being sent to the actual administrator during the attack, re-enables user registration in case it has been disabled and sets the default role to be administrator. This will allow for the user to create a new account with admin privileges via the default registration page found at /wp-login.php?action=register.


  • rastating


Module Options

To display the available options, load the module within the Metasploit console and run the commands 'show options' or 'show advanced':

msf > use auxiliary/admin/http/wp_easycart_privilege_escalation
msf auxiliary(wp_easycart_privilege_escalation) > show actions
msf auxiliary(wp_easycart_privilege_escalation) > set ACTION < action-name >
msf auxiliary(wp_easycart_privilege_escalation) > show options
    ...show and set options...
msf auxiliary(wp_easycart_privilege_escalation) > run 

Time is precious, so I don’t want to do something manually that I can automate. Leveraging the Metasploit Framework when automating any task keeps us from having to re-create the wheel as we can use the existing libraries and focus our efforts where it matters.

– Jim O’Gorman | President, Offensive Security