Houzez <= 2.7.1 - Privilege Escalation

Incorrect Privilege Assignment
CVE CVE-2023-26540
CVSS 9.8 (Critical)
Publicly Published February 27, 2023
Last Updated January 22, 2024
Researcher Dave Jong - Patchstack


The Houzez theme for WordPress is vulnerable to privilege escalation in versions up to, and including, 2.7.1. This is due to improper assignment of privileges on user management/registration that allows users to supply their own role via the houzez_change_user_role and houzez_register_user_with_membership AJAX actions. This makes it possible for unauthenticated attackers to register as administrators on vulnerable sites.



1 affected software package

Software Type Theme
Software Slug houzez
Patched? Yes
Remediation Update to version 2.7.2, or a newer patched version
Affected Version
  • <= 2.7.1
Patched Version
  • 2.7.2

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