WordPress WP User Groups 2.0.0 Cross Site Request Forgery

WordPress WP User Groups plugin version 2.0.0 suffers from a cross site request forgery vulnerability.

MD5 | b7e665854b071ff3573e0b4fc76df293

Software: WP User Groups
Version: 2.0.0
Homepage: https://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-user-groups/
Advisory report: https://advisories.dxw.com/advisories/csrf-wp-user-groups/
CVE: Awaiting assignment
CVSS: 4.3 (Medium; AV:N/AC:M/Au:N/C:N/I:P/A:N)

CSRF in WP User Groups allows anybody to modify user groups and types

WP User Groups creates new bulk actions to put users into (or remove them from) agroupsa and atypesa. A nonce is sent with the request, but it is not checked.

Proof of concept

Activate the plugin
Make sure you have a user with user_id=1
Visit http://localhost/wp-admin/edit-tags.php?taxonomy=user-group and create a group called aCata with slug acata
Visit http://localhost/wp-admin/users.php?users%5B%5D=1&action2=add-cat-user-group
If you go back to http://localhost/wp-admin/users.php youall see the user with user_id=1 is now in the group aCata

Upgrade to version 2.1.1 or later.

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2018-04-12: Discovered
2018-04-16: Reported to plugin author via email
2018-04-16: Vendor reported fixed in 2.1.1
2018-05-11: Advisory published

Discovered by dxw:
Tom Adams
Please visit security.dxw.com for more information.

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