Frameworks Vulnerability scanner Wordpress

WPScan – WordPress vulnerability scanner

Written by Mubassir patel
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WPScan Public Source License

The WPScan software (henceforth referred to simply as “WPScan”) is dual-licensed – Copyright 2011-2016 WPScan Team.

Cases that include commercialization of this tool  require a commercial, non-free license. Otherwise, WPScan can be used without charge under the terms set out below.

1. Definitions

1.1 “License” means this document.

1.2 “Contributor” means each individual or legal entity that creates, contributes to the creation of, or owns WPScan.

1.3 “WPScan Team” means WPScan’s core developers, an updated list of whom can be found within the CREDITS file.

2. Commercialization

A commercial use is one intended for commercial advantage or monetary compensation.

Example cases of commercialization are:

  • Using this tool to provide commercial managed/Software-as-a-Service services.
  • Distributing this tool as a commercial product or as part of one.
  • Using this tool as a value added service/product.

Example cases which do not require a commercial license, and thus fall under the terms set out below, include (but are not limited to):

  • Penetration testers (or penetration testing organizations) using this tool as part of their assessment toolkit.
  • Penetration Testing Linux Distributions including but not limited to Kali Linux, SamuraiWTF, BackBox Linux.
  • Using this tool to test your own systems.
  • Any non-commercial use of this tool.

If you need to purchase a commercial license or are unsure whether you need to purchase a commercial license contact us – [email protected].

We may grant commercial licenses at no monetary cost at our own discretion if the commercial usage is deemed by the WPScan Team to significantly benefit WPScan.

Free-use Terms and Conditions;

3. Redistribution

Redistribution is permitted under the following conditions:

  • Unmodified License is provided with this tool.
  • Unmodified Copyright notices are provided with this tool.
  • Does not conflict with the commercialization clause.

4. Copying

Copying is permitted so long as it does not conflict with the Redistribution clause.

5. Modification

Modification is permitted so long as it does not conflict with the Redistribution clause.

6. Contributions

Any Contributions assume the Contributor grants the WPScan Team the unlimited, non-exclusive right to reuse, modify and relicense the Contributor’s content.

7. Support

This tool is provided under an AS-IS basis and without any support, updates or maintenance. Support, updates and maintenance may be given according to the sole discretion of the WPScan Team.

8. Disclaimer of Warranty

Tool is provided under this License on an “as is” basis, without warranty of any kind, either expressed, implied, or statutory, including, without limitation, warranties that the tool is free of defects, merchantable, fit for a particular purpose or non-infringing.

9. Limitation of Liability

To the extent permitted under Law, this tool is provided under an AS-IS basis. The WPScan Team shall never, and without any limit, be liable for any damage, cost, expense or any other payment incurred as a result of WPScan’s actions, failure, bugs and/or any other interaction between tool and end-equipment, computers, other software or any 3rd party, end-equipment, computer or services.

10. Disclaimer

Running this tool against websites without prior mutual consent may be illegal in your country. The Team of this tool accept no liability and are not responsible for any misuse or damage caused by this tool.

11. Trademark

The “wpscan” term is a registered trademark. This License does not grant the use of the “wpscan” trademark or the use of the WPScan logo.


This tool comes pre-installed on the following Linux distributions:

On macOS this tool is packaged by Homebrew as wpscan.

Windows is not supported

We suggest you use our official Docker image from to avoid installation problems.


Pull the repo with docker pull wpscanteam/wpscan


docker run -it --rm wpscanteam/wpscan -u [options]

For the available Options, please see

If you run the git version of tool we included some binstubs in ./bin for easier start of this tool.


Mount a local wordlist to the docker container and start a bruteforce attack for user admin

docker run -it --rm -v ~/wordlists:/wordlists wpscanteam/wpscan --url --wordlist /wordlists/crackstation.txt --username admin

(This mounts the host directory ~/wordlists to the container in the path /wordlists)

Use logfile option

# the file must exist prior to starting the container, otherwise docker will create a directory with the filename
touch ~/FILENAME
docker run -it --rm -v ~/FILENAME:/wpscan/output.txt wpscanteam/wpscan --url --log /wpscan/output.txt

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Manual install


  • Ruby >= 2.1.9 – Recommended: 2.4.2
  • Curl >= 7.21 – Recommended: latest – FYI the 7.29 has a segfault
  • RubyGems – Recommended: latest
  • Git

Installing dependencies on Ubuntu

sudo apt-get install libcurl4-openssl-dev libxml2 libxml2-dev libxslt1-dev ruby-dev build-essential libgmp-dev zlib1g-dev

Installing dependencies on Debian

sudo apt-get install gcc git ruby ruby-dev libcurl4-openssl-dev make zlib1g-dev

Installing dependencies on Fedora

sudo dnf install gcc ruby-devel libxml2 libxml2-devel libxslt libxslt-devel libcurl-devel patch rpm-build

Installing dependencies on Arch Linux

pacman -Syu ruby
pacman -Syu libyaml

Installing dependencies on macOS

Apple Xcode, Command Line Tools and the libffi are needed (to be able to install the FFI gem), See

Installing with RVM (recommended when doing a

manual installation of)

If you are using GNOME Terminal, there are some steps required before executing the commands. See here for more information:

# Install all prerequisites for your OS (look above)
cd ~
curl -sSL | gpg --import -
curl -sSL | bash -s stable
source ~/.rvm/scripts/rvm
echo "source ~/.rvm/scripts/rvm" >> ~/.bashrc
rvm install 2.4.2
rvm use 2.4.2 --default
echo "gem: --no-ri --no-rdoc" > ~/.gemrc
git clone
cd wpscan
gem install bundler
bundle install --without test

Installing manually (not recommended)

git clone
cd wpscan
sudo gem install bundler && bundle install --without test


  • Typhoeus segmentation faultUpdate cURL to version => 7.21 (may have to install from source)
  • Proxy not workingUpdate cURL to version => 7.21.7 (may have to install from source).

    Installation from sources :

    Grab the sources from
    Decompress the archive
    Open the folder with the extracted files
    Run ./configure
    Run make
    Run sudo make install
    Run sudo ldconfig
  • cannot load such file — readline:
    sudo aptitude install libreadline5-dev libncurses5-dev

    Then, open the directory of the readline gem (you have to locate it)

    cd ~/.rvm/src/ruby-XXXX/ext/readline
    ruby extconf.rb
    make install

    See for more details

  • no such file to load — rubygemsupdate-alternatives --config ruby

    And select your ruby version

--update                            Update the database to the latest version.
--url       | -u <target url>       The WordPress URL/domain to scan.
--force     | -f                    Forces WPScan to not check if the remote site is running WordPress.
--enumerate | -e [option(s)]        Enumeration.
  option :
    u        usernames from id 1 to 10
    u[10-20] usernames from id 10 to 20 (you must write [] chars)
    p        plugins
    vp       only vulnerable plugins
    ap       all plugins (can take a long time)
    tt       timthumbs
    t        themes
    vt       only vulnerable themes
    at       all themes (can take a long time)
  Multiple values are allowed : "-e tt,p" will enumerate timthumbs and plugins
  If no option is supplied, the default is "vt,tt,u,vp"

--exclude-content-based "<regexp or string>"
                                    Used with the enumeration option, will exclude all occurrences based on the regexp or string supplied.
                                    You do not need to provide the regexp delimiters, but you must write the quotes (simple or double).
--config-file  | -c <config file>   Use the specified config file, see the example.conf.json.
--user-agent   | -a <User-Agent>    Use the specified User-Agent.
--cookie <string>                   String to read cookies from.
--random-agent | -r                 Use a random User-Agent.
--follow-redirection                If the target url has a redirection, it will be followed without asking if you wanted to do so or not
--batch                             Never ask for user input, use the default behaviour.
--no-color                          Do not use colors in the output.
--log [filename]                    Creates a log.txt file with WPScan's output if no filename is supplied. Otherwise the filename is used for logging.
--no-banner                         Prevents the WPScan banner from being displayed.
--disable-accept-header             Prevents WPScan sending the Accept HTTP header.
--disable-referer                   Prevents setting the Referer header.
--disable-tls-checks                Disables SSL/TLS certificate verification.
--wp-content-dir <wp content dir>   WPScan try to find the content directory (ie wp-content) by scanning the index page, however you can specify it.
                                    Subdirectories are allowed.
--wp-plugins-dir <wp plugins dir>   Same thing than --wp-content-dir but for the plugins directory.
                                    If not supplied, WPScan will use wp-content-dir/plugins. Subdirectories are allowed
--proxy <[protocol://]host:port>    Supply a proxy. HTTP, SOCKS4 SOCKS4A and SOCKS5 are supported.
                                    If no protocol is given (format host:port), HTTP will be used.
--proxy-auth <username:password>    Supply the proxy login credentials.
--basic-auth <username:password>    Set the HTTP Basic authentication.
--wordlist | -w <wordlist>          Supply a wordlist for the password brute forcer.
                                    If the "-" option is supplied, the wordlist is expected via STDIN.
--username | -U <username>          Only brute force the supplied username.
--usernames     <path-to-file>      Only brute force the usernames from the file.
--cache-dir       <cache-directory> Set the cache directory.
--cache-ttl       <cache-ttl>       Typhoeus cache TTL.
--request-timeout <request-timeout> Request Timeout.
--connect-timeout <connect-timeout> Connect Timeout.
--threads  | -t <number of threads> The number of threads to use when multi-threading requests.
--max-threads     <max-threads>     Maximum Threads.
--throttle        <milliseconds>    Milliseconds to wait before doing another web request. If used, the --threads should be set to 1.
--help     | -h                     This help screen.
--verbose  | -v                     Verbose output.
--version                           Output the current version and exit.


Do ‘non-intrusive’ checks…

ruby wpscan.rb --url

Do wordlist password brute force on enumerated users using 50 threads…

ruby wpscan.rb --url --wordlist darkc0de.lst --threads 50

About the author

Mubassir patel

Mubassir is a founder and developer of this site. He is a computer science engineer. He has a very deep interest in ethical hacking, penetration testing, website development and including all technology topic.

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