Privilege escalation in Site Kit by Google plugin for WordPress

Published: 2020-05-14
Risk High
Patch available YES
Number of vulnerabilities 1
Exploitation vector Network
Public exploit Public exploit code for vulnerability #1 is available.
Vulnerable software
Site Kit by Google
Web applications / Modules and components for CMS

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Security Bulletin

This security bulletin contains one high risk vulnerability.

1) Permissions, Privileges, and Access Controls

EUVDB-ID: #VU27910

Risk: High

CVSSv3.1: 8.2 [CVSS:3.1/AV:N/AC:L/PR:L/UI:N/S:C/C:H/I:L/A:L/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 the lack of capability checks on the "admin_enqueue_scripts" action. A remote authenticated attacker can become a Google Search Console owner for any site running the affected plugin.


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Vulnerable software versions

Site Kit by Google: 1.0.0 - 1.7.1

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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.