Better Messages <= - Authorization Bypass to Blocking Control Bypass

Authorization Bypass Through User-Controlled Key
CVE CVE-2022-40216
CVSS 5.4 (Medium)
Publicly Published November 9, 2022
Last Updated January 22, 2024
Researcher Dhakal Ananda


The Better Messages plugin for WordPress is vulnerable to Authorization Bypass resulting in a block bypass on messaging controls in versions up to, and including, This is due to insufficient or broken controls in the plugin. This makes it possible for subscriber-level attackers to bypass messaging blocks.



Vulnerability Details for Better Messages – Live Chat for WordPress, BuddyPress, PeepSo, Ultimate Member, BuddyBoss

Software Type Plugin
Software Slug bp-better-messages (view on
Patched? Yes
Remediation Update to version, or a newer patched version
Affected Version
  • <=
Patched Version

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