Arbitrary file read in BackupBuddy WordPress plugin

Published: 2022-09-12 | Updated: 2022-10-21
Risk High
Patch available YES
Number of vulnerabilities 1
CVE-ID CVE-2022-31474
Exploitation vector Network
Public exploit This vulnerability is being exploited in the wild.
Vulnerable software
Web applications / Modules and components for CMS

Vendor iThemes

Security Bulletin

This security bulletin contains one high risk vulnerability.

1) Improper Authorization

EUVDB-ID: #VU67167

Risk: High

CVSSv3.1: 7.2 [CVSS:3.1/AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:N/A:N/E:H/RL:O/RC:C]

CVE-ID: CVE-2022-31474

CWE-ID: CWE-285 - Improper Authorization

Exploit availability: Yes


The vulnerability allows a remote attacker to download arbitrary files from the server.

The vulnerability exists due to missing authorization for the feature responsible for remote downloading remote backups. A remote non-authenticated attacker can download arbitrary files from the server. 

Note, the vulnerability is being actively exploited in the wild.


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Vulnerable software versions

BackupBuddy: -

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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?

Yes. This vulnerability is being exploited in the wild.