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WordPress XMLRPC GHOST Vulnerability Scanner

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WordPress XMLRPC GHOST Vulnerability Scanner



This module can be used to determine hosts vulnerable to the GHOST vulnerability via a call to the WordPress XMLRPC interface. If the target is vulnerable, the system will segfault and return a server error. On patched systems, a normal XMLRPC error is returned.


  • Robert Rowley
  • Christophe De La Fuente
  • Chaim Sanders
  • Felipe Costa
  • Jonathan Claudius
  • Karl Sigler
  • Christian Mehlmauer <FireFart@gmail.com>


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

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