File Manager <= 6.8 - Arbitrary File Upload/Remote Code Execution

Unrestricted Upload of File with Dangerous Type
CVE CVE-2020-25213
CVSS 9.8 (Critical)
Publicly Published September 1, 2020
Last Updated January 22, 2024


The File Manager (wp-file-manager) plugin before 6.9 for WordPress allows remote attackers to upload and execute arbitrary PHP code because it renames an unsafe example elFinder connector file to have the .php extension. This, for example, allows attackers to run the elFinder upload (or mkfile and put) command to write PHP code into the wp-content/plugins/wp-file-manager/lib/files/ directory. This was exploited in the wild in August and September 2020.

Wordfence blocked 4 attacks targeting this vulnerability in the past 24 hours.



Vulnerability Details for File Manager

Software Type Plugin
Software Slug wp-file-manager (view on
Patched? Yes
Remediation Update to version 6.9, or a newer patched version
Affected Version
  • <= 6.8
Patched Version
  • 6.9

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