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Denial of service in WordPress



Published: 2018-02-05 | Updated: 2018-02-09
Severity Low
Patch available YES
Number of vulnerabilities 1
CVE ID CVE-2018-6389
CWE ID CWE-400
Exploitation vector Network
Public exploit Public exploit code for vulnerability #1 is available.
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Vendor WordPress.ORG

Security Advisory

This security advisory describes one low risk vulnerability.

1) Resource exhaustion

Severity: Low

CVSSv3: 6.7 [CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:N/I:N/A:H/E:P/RL:O/RC:C] [PCI]

CVE-ID: CVE-2018-6389

CWE-ID: CWE-400 - Uncontrolled Resource Consumption ('Resource Exhaustion')

Exploit availability: Yes [Search exploit]

Description

The vulnerability allows a remote attacker to cause DoS condition on the target system.

The weakness exists in the server-side static file loading mechanism due to the way a built-in script in WordPress CMS "load-scripts.php" processes user-defined requests. A remote attacker can send force load-scripts.php to call all possible JavaScript files, consume high CPU and server memory and cause the service to crash.

Mitigation

Update to version 4.9.3.

Vulnerable software versions

WordPress: 3.4.0, 3.4.1, 3.4.2, 4.0, 4.0.1, 4.0.2, 4.0.3, 4.0.4, 4.0.5, 4.0.6, 4.0.7, 4.0.8, 4.0.9, 4.0.10, 4.0.11, 4.0.12, 4.0.13, 4.0.14, 4.0.15, 4.0.16, 4.0.17, 4.0.18, 4.0.19, 4.0.20, 4.0.21, 4.1, 4.1.1, 4.1.2, 4.1.3, 4.1.4, 4.1.5, 4.1.6, 4.1.7, 4.1.8, 4.1.9, 4.1.10, 4.1.11, 4.1.12, 4.1.13, 4.1.14, 4.1.15, 4.1.16, 4.1.17, 4.1.18, 4.1.19, 4.1.20, 4.1.21, 4.2, 4.2.1, 4.2.2, 4.2.3, 4.2.4, 4.2.5, 4.2.6, 4.2.7, 4.2.8, 4.2.9, 4.2.10, 4.2.11, 4.2.12, 4.2.13, 4.2.14, 4.2.15, 4.2.16, 4.2.17, 4.2.18, 4.3, 4.3.0, 4.3.1, 4.3.2, 4.3.3, 4.3.4, 4.3.5, 4.3.6, 4.3.7, 4.3.8, 4.3.9, 4.3.10, 4.3.11, 4.3.12, 4.3.13, 4.3.14, 4.4, 4.4.0, 4.4.1, 4.4.2, 4.4.3, 4.4.4, 4.4.5, 4.4.6, 4.4.7, 4.4.8, 4.4.9, 4.4.10, 4.4.11, 4.4.12, 4.4.13, 4.5, 4.5.1, 4.5.2, 4.5.3, 4.5.4, 4.5.5, 4.5.6, 4.5.7, 4.5.8, 4.5.9, 4.5.10, 4.5.11, 4.5.12, 4.6, 4.6.1, 4.6.2, 4.6.3, 4.6.4, 4.6.5, 4.6.6, 4.6.7, 4.6.8, 4.6.9, 4.7, 4.7.1, 4.7.2, 4.7.3, 4.7.4, 4.7.5, 4.7.6, 4.7.7, 4.7.8, 4.8, 4.8.1, 4.8.2, 4.8.3, 4.8.4, 4.9, 4.9.1, 4.9.2

CPE External links

https://thehackernews.com/2018/02/wordpress-dos-exploit.html

Q & A

Can this vulnerability be exploited remotely?

Yes. This vulnerability can be exploited by a remote non-authenticated attacker via the Internet.

Is there known malware, which exploits this vulnerability?

No. We are not aware of malware exploiting this vulnerability. However, proof of concept for this vulnerability is available.



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