WordPress 'xmlrpc.php' pingback.ping Server-Side Request Forgery

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 64453


The remote web server contains a PHP application that is affected by a server-side request forgery vulnerability.


The WordPress install hosted on the remote web server is affected by a server-side request forgery vulnerability because the 'pingback.ping' method used in 'xmlrpc.php' fails to properly validate source URIs (Uniform Resource Identifiers). A remote, unauthenticated attacker can exploit this issue to disclose sensitive information and conduct remote port scanning against a remote host.


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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 64453

File Name: wordpress_xmlrpc_pingback_request_forgery.nasl

Version: 1.11

Type: remote

Family: CGI abuses

Published: 2013/02/04

Updated: 2019/12/04

Dependencies: 18297, 11936

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium

CVSS Score Source: CVE-2013-0235

CVSS v2.0

Base Score: 6.4

Temporal Score: 5

Vector: CVSS2#AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:P/I:P/A:N

Temporal Vector: CVSS2#E:POC/RL:OF/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: cpe:/a:wordpress:wordpress

Required KB Items: installed_sw/WordPress, www/PHP

Exploit Available: false

Exploit Ease: No exploit is required

Exploited by Nessus: true

Patch Publication Date: 2013/01/24

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2012/12/11

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2013-0235

BID: 57554