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WordPress WP GDPR Compliance Plugin Privilege Escalation

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WordPress WP GDPR Compliance Plugin Privilege Escalation



The Wordpress GDPR Compliance plugin <= v1.4.2 allows unauthenticated users to set wordpress administration options by overwriting values within the database. The vulnerability is present in WordPress’s admin-ajax.php, which allows unauthorized users to trigger handlers and make configuration changes because of a failure to do capability checks when executing the 'save_setting' internal action. WARNING: The module sets Wordpress configuration options without reading their current values and restoring them later.


  • Mikey Veenstra (WordFence)
  • Thomas Labadie


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_gdpr_compliance_privesc
msf auxiliary(wp_gdpr_compliance_privesc) > show actions
msf auxiliary(wp_gdpr_compliance_privesc) > set ACTION < action-name >
msf auxiliary(wp_gdpr_compliance_privesc) > show options
    ...show and set options...
msf auxiliary(wp_gdpr_compliance_privesc) > run 

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