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Date: Tue, 14 Jul 2015 11:19:40 +0000
From: dxw Security <>
Subject: [FD] Admin-only local file inclusion and arbitrary code execution
	in Subscribe to Comments 2.1.2 (WordPress plugin)

Software: Subscribe to Comments
Version: 2.1.2
Advisory report:
CVE: Awaiting assignment
CVSS: 8 (High; AV:N/AC:L/Au:S/C:C/I:P/A:P)

Admin-only local file inclusion and arbitrary code execution in Subscribe to Comments 2.1.2

Administrators can perform Local File include attacks, which is a privilege escalation on systems where the administrator doesn’t have control over the server.
If administrators can upload PHP files (or any file which can contain “<?php …”), they can also perform arbitrary code execution by the same method.

Proof of concept

Set “Path to header” to “/etc/passwd”
Check “Use custom style for Subscription Manager”
“Update Options”

Upgrade to version 2.3 or later

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This vulnerability will be published if we do not receive a response to this report with 14 days.

2013-08-07: Discovered
2015-07-13: Reported to vendor by email
2015-07-13: Requested CVE
2015-07-14: Vendor responded confirming fixed in version 2.3
2015-07-14: Published

Discovered by dxw:
Tom Adams
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