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WordPress: Privilege escalation


1.  Gentoo Linux Security Advisory

Version Information

Advisory Reference GLSA 200608-19 / wordpress
Release Date August 10, 2006
Latest Revision December 13, 2006: 02
Impact normal
Exploitable remote
Package Vulnerable versions Unaffected versions Architecture(s)
www-apps/wordpress < 2.0.4 >= 2.0.4 All supported architectures

Related bugreports: #142142


A flaw in WordPress allows registered WordPress users to elevate privileges.

2.  Impact Information


WordPress is a PHP and MySQL based multiuser blogging system.


The WordPress developers have confirmed a vulnerability in capability checking for plugins.


By exploiting a flaw, a user can circumvent WordPress access restrictions when using plugins. The actual impact depends on the configuration of WordPress and may range from trivial to critical, possibly even the execution of arbitrary PHP code.

3.  Resolution Information


There is no known workaround at this time.


All WordPress users should upgrade to the latest version:

Code Listing 3.1: Resolution

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=www-apps/wordpress-2.0.4"

4.  References


Page updated August 10, 2006

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