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Wpscan (WordPress Security Scanner)

I stumbled upon this great tool to hack a WordPress site called “Wpscan“. The creator of this tool is ethicalhack3r and this is another creation built from WordPress Brute Force Tool. This tool comes pre-installed on this following Linux-distributions:

The Wpscan only supports Ruby version 1.9.

You can install this on Ubuntu, Debian or Mac OSX:


sudo apt-get install libcurl4-gnutls-dev libopenssl-ruby
sudo gem install typhoeus nokogiri json

Mac OSX:

sudo gem install typhoeus nokogiri json

The known issues that you should be awared of:

  • Typhoeus segmentation fault  Update curl to at least v7.21 (you may have to install it from sources)  See http://code.google.com/p/wpscan/issues/detail?id=81
  • If you have one the following errors : “-bash: !t: event not found”, “-bash: !u: event not found”  It happens whith enumeration : just put the ‘t’ or ‘u’ before the ‘p!’ : ‘-e tp!’ instead of ‘-e p!t’

The Wpscan arguments can you see below:

–url | -u The WordPress URL/domain to scan.

–force | -f Forces WPScan to not check if the remote site is running WordPress.

–enumerate | -e [option(s)] Enumeration.
u usernames from id 1 to 10
u[10-20] usernames from id 10 to 20 (you must write [] chars)
p plugins
p! only vulnerable plugins
t timthumbs

Multiple values are allowed : ‘-e tp’ will enumerate timthumbs and plugins
If no option is supplied, the default is ‘upt’

–follow-redirection If the target url has a redirection, it will be followed without asking if you wanted to do so or not

–proxy Supply a proxy in the format host:port (will override the one from conf/browser.conf.json)

–wordlist | -w Supply a wordlist for the password bruter and do the brute.

–threads | -t The number of threads to use when multi-threading requests. (will override the value from conf/browser.conf.json)

–username | -U Only brute force the supplied username.

–help | -h This help screen.

–verbose | -v Verbose output.

Wpscan examples:

Do ‘non-intrusive’ checks.

ruby wpscan.rb --url http://www.example.com

Do wordlist password brute force on enumerated users using 50 threads.

ruby wpscan.rb --url http://www.example.com --wordlist darkc0de.lst --threads 50

Do wordlist password brute force on the ‘admin’ username only.

ruby wpscan.rb --url http://www.example.com --wordlist darkc0de.lst --username admin

Enumerate instaled plugins.

ruby wpscan.rb --url http://www.example.com --enumerate p

Run all enumeration tools.

ruby wpscan.rb --url http://www.example.com --enumerate

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