Directorist <= 7.5.4 - Authenticated (Subscriber+) Arbitrary User Password Reset to Privilege Escalation

Improper Input Validation
CVE CVE-2023-1888
CVSS 8.8 (High)
Publicly Published June 1, 2023
Last Updated January 22, 2024
Researcher Alex Thomas - Wordfence


The Directorist plugin for WordPress is vulnerable to an arbitrary user password reset in versions up to, and including, 7.5.4. This is due to a lack of validation checks within login.php. This makes it possible for authenticated attackers, with subscriber-level permissions and above, to reset the password of an arbitrary user and gain elevated (e.g., administrator) privileges.



Vulnerability Details for Directorist – WordPress Business Directory Plugin with Classified Ads Listings

Software Type Plugin
Software Slug directorist (view on
Patched? Yes
Remediation Update to version 7.5.5, or a newer patched version
Affected Version
  • <= 7.5.4
Patched Version
  • 7.5.5

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