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Openfire Admin Console Authentication Bypass

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Openfire Admin Console Authentication Bypass



This module exploits an authentication bypass vulnerability in the administration console of Openfire servers. By using this vulnerability it is possible to upload/execute a malicious Openfire plugin on the server and execute arbitrary Java code. This module has been tested against Openfire 3.6.0a. It is possible to remove the uploaded plugin after execution, however this might turn the server in some kind of unstable state, making re-exploitation difficult. You might want to do this manually.


  • Andreas Kurtz
  • h0ng10




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 exploit/multi/http/openfire_auth_bypass
msf exploit(openfire_auth_bypass) > show targets
msf exploit(openfire_auth_bypass) > set TARGET < target-id >
msf exploit(openfire_auth_bypass) > show options
    ...show and set options...
msf exploit(openfire_auth_bypass) > exploit

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