Unauthenticated options import vulnerability in WordPress Ultimate FAQ plugin.

The WordPress Ultimate FAQ plugin, which has 30,000+ active installations, was prone to an unauthenticated options import vulnerability in version 1.8.24 and below that could lead to content injection.


CVE-2019-17232, CVE-2019-17233

Unauthenticated options import

In the “Functions/EWD_UFAQ_Import.php” script, the EWD_UFAQ_Import_From_Spreadsheet function is used to import posts/FAQs from a spreadsheet:

function EWD_UFAQ_Import_From_Spreadsheet() {
/* Make sure that the file exists */
 elseif (empty($_FILES['FAQs_Spreadsheet']['tmp_name']) || $_FILES['FAQs_Spreadsheet']['tmp_name'] == 'none') {
         $error = __('No file was uploaded here..', 'ultimate-faqs');
 /* Move the file and store the URL to pass it onwards*/
 /* Check that it is a .xls or .xlsx file */
 if(!isset($_FILES['FAQs_Spreadsheet']['name']) or (!preg_match("/\.(xls.?)$/", $_FILES['FAQs_Spreadsheet']['name']) and !preg_match("/\.(csv.?)$/", $_FILES['FAQs_Spreadsheet']['name']))) {
     $error = __('File must be .csv, .xls or .xlsx', 'ultimate-faqs');
 else {
      $filename = basename( $_FILES['FAQs_Spreadsheet']['name']);
      $filename = mb_ereg_replace("([^\w\s\d\-_~,;\[\]\(\).])", '', $filename);
      $filename = mb_ereg_replace("([\.]{2,})", '', $filename);

      //for security reason, we force to remove all uploaded file
      $target_path = ABSPATH . "wp-content/plugins/ultimate-faqs/faq-sheets/";

      $target_path = $target_path . $filename;

      if (!move_uploaded_file($_FILES['FAQs_Spreadsheet']['tmp_name'], $target_path)) {
      //if (!$upload = wp_upload_bits($_FILES["Item_Image"]["name"], null, file_get_contents($_FILES["Item_Image"]["tmp_name"]))) {
            $error .= "There was an error uploading the file, please try again!";
      else {
              $Excel_File_Name = $filename;

The function lacks capability check and a security nonce, allowing an unauthenticated user to import a CSV file and create new posts on the blog with mixed HTML content (links, formatted text, local or remote media files):

Unauthenticated options export

Because they lack capability check too, the EWD_UFAQ_Export_To_Excel and EWD_UFAQ_Export_To_PDF functions from the “Functions/EWD_UFAQ_Export.php” script allow an unauthenticated attacker to export all posts/FAQs in CSV or PDF format. Although the impact of this action seems low, it is important to note that password-protected posts/FAQs will be exported as well.


A new version 1.8.25 was released on September 18, 2019.


Update as soon as possible if you have version 1.8.24 or below installed.
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