Analysis on CVE-2020-7241, misrepresenting a security vulnerability?

Hello there,

So recently I’ve been taking to @CVEnew on Twitter to monitor newly releasing CVEs, and something caught my eye was:

“CVE-2020-7241 The WP Database Backup plugin through 5.5 for WordPress stores downloads by default locally in the directory wp-content/uploads/db-backup/. This might allow attackers to read ZIP archives by guessing random ID numbers, guessing date string…”

Now, I do static analysis on WordPress plugins often as I find I can audit plugins really fast, as I’ve done extensive PHP development over my career. But the Github describing this vulnerability struck me as whaaaat?..

They make the following claim:

“This plugin stores downloads by default locally in the directory wp-content/uploads/db-backup/ with this syntax:

[Site_Title]_[Date with EPOC]_[7 characters random ID]”

So to me the first thing that I notice is the UNIX timestamp and the 7 random characters are in the filename, this is actually a huge key-space to brute force!

The key-space for a 7 random digit id with charset [a-f0-9] is 268,435,456.   Plus you need to brute the exact second the database backup happens, then for every second in a day (86400) you brute you have to multiply that by 268,435,456!  Thats assuming you know which day the backup happened.

We’re looking at the following statistics in order to recover a database backup:

Key-space: 268,435,456
Seconds in a day: 86,400
Total requests needed to brute: (268,435,456 x 86,400) = 23,192,823,398,400

So even if we had a multi-threaded brute forcer of 100 reqs/s that would take 231,928,233,984 seconds to brute force or 7,354 years.

So while the storage method isn’t the best I think its a bit of a stretch to say that this is a security vulnerability, if I came across this during a Bug Bounty program I don’t think there would be a way for me to prove any impact.  Am I wrong?  Let me on Twitter:

EDIT: Had to adjust math, the random digit charset is actually [a-f0-9] since its a truncated MD5 of the WordPress AUTH_KEY salt.

Happy Bug Hunting 😁