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Re: DoS via tables corruption in WordPress
From: Andrew Nacin <nacin () wordpress org>
Date: Tue, 11 Feb 2014 03:34:43 -0500

On Mon, Feb 10, 2014 at 8:02 AM, MustLive <mustlive () websecurity com ua>wrote:

There is DoS vulnerability in WordPress, <snip>


As pointed out by others, this is unbearably vague.

But it's also invalid.

Your "attack" requires that a maintenance script to repair tables is left
open for anyone to access. The constant that you point out must be
set, WP_ALLOW_REPAIR,
is only there so a user can access this script, run the script, then remove
the constant (as the script instructs).

Your suggestion appears to be to validate the logged-in user. But because
this script is to fix a *corrupt database,* we would have no way of
authenticating users. Thus, the script is instead secured by a temporary
configuration change.

Aris mentions he experienced corruption in his own WordPress setup. It's
most likely the options table simply crashed, not as a result of any
particular exploit. This is, after all, why MySQL has a REPAIR command (and
why we have a script for users to use).

I have read to quite a few of your "attacks" against WordPress core, but I
don't recall ever reading a valid one.

Perhaps for WordPress issues you should switch from "full disclosure" to a
more responsible course of action, such as contacting us first (
security () wordpress org) so we can evaluate it. I understand the general
appeal of full disclosure, but when all you're doing is publishing invalid
vulnerabilities, it's only spreading FUD and also making it tough for
others to take any of your "attacks" seriously. This mailing list would
probably appreciate the higher signal-to-noise ratio.

Regards,

Andrew Nacin
Lead Developer
WordPress
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