Wednesday, 1 May 2013

WPScan in Kali Linux

WPScan is a WordPress vulnerability scanner written in ruby, which is capable of detecting common security vulnerabilities as well as listing all plugins used by a website hosting WordPress. WPScan is pre-installed in Kali Linux. 

WPscan is a nice tool if you want to find out how to exploit a WordPress site as it does all of this:
  • Username enumeration (Checks the ‘author’ query-string and the location header).
  • Weak password cracking (This can be multi-threaded and supplied a password list of your choosing).
  • Version enumeration (Finds what version of WordPress they are running by checking meta tags and client side files).
  • Vulneralbility enumeration (Based on what version they are running).
  • Timbthumb file enumeration (Checks for Timthumb exploit).
  • Plugin enumeration (See what plugins they are running).
  • Plugin vulneralbility enumeration (Tells you which, if any, plugins are vulnerable to exploits).
  • Theme enumeration (What theme are they running. Sometimes you can find exploits in the theme).
  • Readme.html enumeration (Sometimes can be useful because you will see what is needed for that theme. Helps you find out what they are running. E.G. “This theme require PHP 5″).
  • Directory listing (Helps footprint the WordPress installation).
To start WPScan, click on Applications--> Kali Linux--> Web Applications--> Web Vulnerability Scanners--> wpscan

Now, to scan for wordpress plugin to exploit, let pickup any wordpress plugin, ex.: Type
root@kali:~# ruby /usr/bin/wpscan --url in the root terminal window;



From the above screenshots, we found that there is 1 vulnerability and 13 plug-ins from passive detection. To find Wordpress usernames, type root@kali:~# wpscan --url --enumerate user



The above screenshot reveals that there 10 Wordpress usernames from


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  2. Has there been any update tutorilas for WPScan? I'd like to use it for scraping WordPress sites