WordPress < 4.5 Multiple Vulnerabilities

Medium Nessus Network Monitor Plugin ID 9366


The remote server is hosting an outdated installation of WordPress that is affected by multiple vulnerabilities.


Versions of WordPress prior to 4.5 are affected by multiple vulnerabilities :

- A flaw exists that allows a reflected cross-site scripting (XSS) attack. This flaw exists because the '/network/settings.php' script does not validate input to the 'first_comment_author' parameter before returning it to users. This may allow a context-dependent attacker to create a specially crafted request that would execute arbitrary script code in a user's browser session within the trust relationship between their browser and the server.
- A flaw exists related to request handling between a user and a server, where the server can be induced into performing unintended actions (Server Side Request Forgery aka SSRF). By making a crafted request to the 'http.php' script and supplying Octal or Hexedecimal IP addresses, the server can be used to conduct host-based attacks. This may allow an attacker to bypass access restrictions (e.g. host or network ACLs), conduct port scanning of internal networks, enumerate internal hosts, or possibly invoke additional protocols (e.g. Gopher, TFTP) which may give additional control over such requests.
- A flaw exists related to the script compression option as HTTP requests do not require multiple steps, explicit confirmation, or a unique token when performing certain sensitive actions. By tricking a user into following a specially crafted link, a context-dependent attacker can perform a Cross-Site Request Forgery (CSRF / XSRF) attack causing the victim to perform unspecified actions.


Upgrade to WordPress 4.5 or later.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 9366

Family: CGI

Published: 2016/06/16

Updated: 2019/03/06

Dependencies: 9035, 9036

Nessus ID: 91100

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium

CVSS v2.0

Base Score: 5

Temporal Score: 4.1

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

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

CVSS v3.0

Base Score: 5.3

Temporal Score: 4.9

Vector: CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:N/I:L/A:N

Temporal Vector: CVSS:3.0/E:F/RL:O/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

Patch Publication Date: 2016/04/12

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2016/03/30

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2016-4029, CVE-2016-6634, CVE-2016-6635