WordPress 4.5.x < 4.6 Multiple Vulnerabilities

Medium Nessus Network Monitor Plugin ID 9949


The remote server is hosting an outdated installation of WordPress that is affected by multiple vulnerabilities.


Versions of WordPress 4.5.x prior to 4.6 are affected by multiple vulnerabilities :

- A path traversal vulnerability exists in the WordPress Admin API in the 'wp_ajax_update_plugin()' function in 'ajax-actions.php' due to improper sanitization of user-supplied input. An authenticated, remote attacker can exploit this, via a specially crafted request, to cause a denial of service condition. (CVE-2016-6896)
- A cross-site request forgery vulnerability (CSRF/XSRF) exists in the 'admin-ajax.php' script due to a failure to require multiple steps, explicit confirmation, or a unique token when performing certain sensitive actions. An unauthenticated, remote attacker can exploit this, by convincing a user to follow a specially crafted link, to perform arbitrary AJAX updates. (CVE-2016-6897)
- An information disclosure vulnerability exists in the 'wp_ajax_update_plugin()' function in the 'ajax-actions.php' script due to performing a call to 'get_plug_data()' before checking capabilities. An authenticated, remote attacker can exploit this to bypass intended read-access restrictions, resulting in a disclosure of sensitive information. (CVE-2016-10148)


Upgrade to WordPress 4.6 or later.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 9949

Family: CGI

Published: 2017/02/09

Updated: 2019/03/06

Dependencies: 9036

Nessus ID: 93111

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium

CVSS v2.0

Base Score: 6.8

Temporal Score: 5.6

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

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

CVSS v3.0

Base Score: 6.5

Temporal Score: 6

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

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: cpe:/a:wordpress:wordpress

Patch Publication Date: 2016/08/16

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2016/08/20

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2016-6896, CVE-2016-6897, CVE-2016-10148

BID: 92572, 92573