A Ruby framework for developing and using modules which aid in the penetration testing of WordPress powered websites and systems.
What do I need to run it?
Ensure that you have Ruby >= 2.4.3 installed on your system and then install all required dependencies by opening a command prompt / terminal in the WPXF folder and running
If bundler is not present on your system, you can install it by running
gem install bundler.
If you have issues installing WPXF's dependencies (in particular, Nokogiri), first make sure you have all the tooling necessary to compile C extensions:
It’s possible that you don’t have important development header files installed on your system. Here’s what you should do if you should find yourself in this situation:
sudo apt-get install build-essential patch
sudo apt-get install ruby-dev zlib1g-dev liblzma-dev
If you are experiencing errors that indicate that
libcurl.dllcould not be loaded, you will need to ensure the latest libcurl binary is included in your Ruby bin folder, or any other folder that is in your environment's PATH variable.
The latest version can be downloaded from http://curl.haxx.se/download.html. As of 16/05/2016, the latest release is marked as
Win32 2000/XP zip 7.40.0 libcurl SSL. After downloading the archive, extract the contents of the bin directory into your Ruby bin directory (if prompted, don't overwrite any existing DLLs).
How do I use it?
Open a command prompt / terminal in the directory that you have downloaded WordPress Exploit Framework to, and start it by running
Once loaded, you'll be presented with the wpxf prompt, from here you can search for modules using the
searchcommand or load a module using the
Loading a module into your environment will allow you to set options with the
setcommand and view information about the module using
Below is an example of how one would load the symposium_shell_upload exploit module, set the module and payload options and run the exploit against the target.
For a full list of supported commands, take a look at This Wiki Page.
wpxf > use exploit/shell/symposium_shell_upload
[+] Loaded module: #<Wpxf::Exploit::SymposiumShellUpload:0x3916f20>
wpxf [exploit/shell/symposium_shell_upload] > set host wp-sandbox
[+] Set host => wp-sandbox
wpxf [exploit/shell/symposium_shell_upload] > set target_uri /wordpress/
[+] Set target_uri => /wordpress/
wpxf [exploit/shell/symposium_shell_upload] > set payload exec
[+] Loaded payload: #<Wpxf::Payloads::Exec:0x434d078>
wpxf [exploit/shell/symposium_shell_upload] > set cmd echo "Hello, world!"
[+] Set cmd => echo "Hello, world!"
wpxf [exploit/shell/symposium_shell_upload] > run
[-] Preparing payload...
[-] Uploading the payload...
[-] Executing the payload...
[+] Result: Hello, world!
[+] Execution finished successfully
What is the difference between auxiliary and exploit modules?
Auxiliary modules do not allow you to run payloads on the target machine, but instead allow you to extract information from the target, escalate privileges or provide denial of service functionality.
Exploit modules require you to specify a payload which subsequently gets executed on the target machine, allowing you to run arbitrary code to extract information from the machine, establish a remote shell or anything else that you want to do within the context of the web server.
What payloads are available?
- bind_php: uploads a script that will bind to a specific port and allow WPXF to establish a remote shell.
- custom: uploads and executes a custom PHP script.
- download_exec: downloads and runs a remote executable file.
- meterpreter_bind_tcp: a Meterpreter bind TCP payload generated using msfvenom.
- meterpreter_reverse_tcp: a Meterpreter reverse TCP payload generated using msfvenom.
- exec: runs a shell command on the remote server and returns the output to the WPXF session.
- reverse_tcp: uploads a script that will establish a reverse TCP shell.
customand the Meterpreter payloads, will delete themselves after they have been executed, to avoid leaving them lying around on the target machine after use or in the event that they are being used to establish a shell which fails.
How can I write my own modules and payloads?
Guides on writing modules and payloads can be found on The Wiki and full documentation of the API can be found at http://www.getwpxf.com/.
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