Privilege escalation in Elementor Page Builder plugin for WordPress

Published: 2020-03-31
Risk High
Patch available YES
Number of vulnerabilities 1
Exploitation vector Network
Public exploit Public exploit code for vulnerability #1 is available.
Vulnerable software
Elementor Page Builder
Web applications / Modules and components for CMS


Security Bulletin

This security bulletin contains one high risk vulnerability.

1) Permissions, Privileges, and Access Controls

EUVDB-ID: #VU26471

Risk: High

CVSSv3.1: 7.9 [CVSS:3.1/AV:N/AC:L/PR:L/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H/E:P/RL:O/RC:C]


CWE-ID: CWE-264 - Permissions, Privileges, and Access Controls

Exploit availability: No


The vulnerability allows a remote attacker to escalate privileges on the system.

The vulnerability exists due to improper authentication checks in the "handle_ajax_request" and "enable_safe_mode" functions. A remote autenticated attacker can enable Safe Mode feature and disable security plugins installed on the website such as firewall, antispam, two-factor authentication or captcha plugins for instance. 


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Vulnerable software versions

Elementor Page Builder: 2.0.0 - 2.9.5

CPE2.3 External links

Q & A

Can this vulnerability be exploited remotely?

Yes. This vulnerability can be exploited by a remote authenticated user 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.