The Wordfence Threat Intelligence team has discovered two separate vulnerabilities in a popular WordPress plugin (opens in new tab) used to change how download pages are displayed.
The plugin in question is called WordPress Download Manager (opens in new tab) and it has been installed on over 100,000 sites according to WordPress.org (opens in new tab).
The first vulnerability can be exploited to achieve authenticated directory traversal according to Wordfence (opens in new tab). While WordPress Download Manager had some protections in place to protect against directory traversal, they were far from sufficient. As a result, it was possible for a user such as a contributor with lower privileges to retrieve the contents of a site's wp-config.php file by adding a new download and performing a directory traversal attack.
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Double extension attack
Before Wordfence discovered these two vulnerabilities, the team behind the WordPress Download Manager patched a vulnerability that allowed users to upload files with php4 extensions as well as other potentially executable files.
Although this patch protected many configurations, it only checked the very last file extension which made it possible for an attacker to carry out a “double extension” attack by uploading a file with multiple extensions like info.php.png.
The Wordfence Threat Intelligence Team responsibly disclosed its findings to the WordPress Download Manager team at the beginning of May and the plugin's developer released a patched version of the plugin the following day.
Still if you're a WordPress (opens in new tab) site owner that uses the plugin, it is highly recommended that you update to the latest version immediately to avoid falling victim to any attacks exploiting these two now patched vulnerabilities.
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