Wordpress to Shell

There is one step, automated in Metasploit, which penetration testers need time-to-time: getting a shell from the admin account of a Wordpress installation.

Here I show you the easiest way to achieve it manually. It will also bring you understanding of how it might be done automatically by tools like Metasploit.

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WordPress login page

So you know the way past this login page? - Good.

Now you also want to get a nice reverse shell, like this one (copy one, copy two) and apply it.

What is the easiest way to do it when you have the access to Wordpress administration interface? - Well, you shall paste it somewhere and save in the admin interface in a PHP script, which you can easily call later.

I suggest you to go to Appearance, then to Editor, then pick any of the PHP files in the templates, I chose footer.php, and paste there the reverse shell code. Don't forget to change the IP and the port to the ones set up your listener to.

WordPress Theme Editor - editing footer.php

Now let's set up a listener and visit some page which has a footer in Wordpress, e.g. the home page. And voilĂ !

Reverse shell connected back to nc

Enjoy your shell!

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Created: 01/09/2017
Last edited on: 02/09/2017
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