WatchTowerHQ <= 3.6.16 - Type Juggling to Authentication Bypass in check_ota

Incorrect Comparison
CVE CVE-2023-25701
CVSS 9.8 (Critical)
Publicly Published February 14, 2023
Last Updated February 17, 2023
Researcher Dave Jong - Patchstack


The WatchTowerHQ plugin for WordPress is vulnerable to a type juggling issue in versions up to, and including, 3.6.16. This is due to an incorrect comparison in the check_ota function between the user-supplied access token and the configured WatchTower access token. This makes it possible for unauthenticated remote attackers to bypass intended authentication restrictions via REST API.



1 affected software package

Software Type Plugin
Software Slug watchtowerhq (view on
Patched? Yes
Remediation Update to version 3.6.17, or a newer patched version
Affected Version
  • <= 3.6.16
Patched Version
  • 3.6.17

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