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WordPress Traversal Directory DoS



Cross-site request forgery (CSRF) vulnerability in the wp_ajax_update_plugin function in wp-admin/includes/ajax-actions.php in WordPress before 4.6 allows remote attackers to hijack the authentication of subscribers for /dev/random read operations by leveraging a late call to the check_ajax_referer function, a related issue to CVE-2016-6896.


  • Yorick Koster
  • CryptisStudents


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/dos/http/wordpress_directory_traversal_dos
msf auxiliary(wordpress_directory_traversal_dos) > show actions
msf auxiliary(wordpress_directory_traversal_dos) > set ACTION < action-name >
msf auxiliary(wordpress_directory_traversal_dos) > show options
    ...show and set options...
msf auxiliary(wordpress_directory_traversal_dos) > run 

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