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Category:   Application (Forum/Board/Portal)  >   WordPress Vendors:   wordpress.org
WordPress 'wp_signups.activation_key' Storage Method May Facilitate Remote Users in Hijacking User Accounts That Are Awaiting Activation
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1039554
SecurityTracker URL:  http://securitytracker.com/id/1039554
CVE Reference:   CVE-2017-14990   (Links to External Site)
Date:  Oct 11 2017
Impact:   User access via network
Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  
Version(s): 4.8.2 and prior
Description:   A vulnerability was reported in WordPress. A remote user may be able to hijack user accounts that have not been activated in certain cases.

The system stores 'wp_signups.activation_key' values in clear text. A remote user that can exploit a separate vulnerability to obtain access to 'wp_signups.activation_key' values may be able to hijack user accounts that have not been activated.

The original advisory is available at:

https://core.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/38474

tomdxw reported this vulnerability.

Impact:   A remote user can that can access 'wp_signups.activation_key' values may be able to hijack user accounts that have not been activated.
Solution:   No solution was available at the time of this entry.

[Editor's note: The vendor is developing a patch. See ticket #38474 (https://core.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/38474).]

Vendor URL:  wordpress.org/ (Links to External Site)
Cause:   Access control error
Underlying OS:  Linux (Any), UNIX (Any), Windows (Any)

Message History:   This archive entry has one or more follow-up message(s) listed below.
Oct 11 2017 (Debian Issues Fix) WordPress 'wp_signups.activation_key' Storage Method May Facilitate Remote Users in Hijacking User Accounts That Are Awaiting Activation
Debian has issued a fix for Debian Linux jessie, sid, and stretch.



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