WordPress <=4.0 Denial of Service Exploit (CVE-2014-9034) Nov 29 2014 03:25AM
john secureli com
author details: John M. (john (at) secureli (dot) com [email concealed])
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CVE-2014-9034 was published recently, highlighting an issue that ?allows remote attackers to cause a denial of service (CPU consumption) via a long password that is improperly handled during hashing? due to phpass usage.

After reviewing the vulnerability, I have developed a proof-of-concept that successfully performs a denial of service attack against wp-includes/class-phpass.php in the affected version numbers:

before 3.7.5
3.8.x before 3.8.5
3.9.x before 3.9.3
4.x before 4.0.1

There is no other working code published out in the security world that allows replicating the denial of service code, so this is an exclusive world premier. :)

The proof of concept is developed in PHP and is available for download here:



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