Rule Category

SERVER-WEBAPP -- Snort has detected traffic exploiting vulnerabilities in web based applications on servers.

Alert Message

SERVER-WEBAPP WordPress wp-config.php access via directory traversal attempt

Rule Explanation

This rule looks for characters indicating a directory traversal in the context of the wp-content directory and wp-config.php files.

What To Look For

This rule alerts when an attacker attempts to access the wp-config.php file via directory traversal.

Known Usage

No public information

False Positives

No known false positives



MITRE ATT&CK Framework

Tactic: Discovery

Technique: File and Directory Discovery

For reference, see the MITRE ATT&CK vulnerability types here:

Rule Vulnerability

Directory Traversal

A Directory Traversal attack targets HTTP traffic and allows the attacker to access directories outside the applications own, potentially exposing sensitive system files to leakage or overwriting. This is also known as Directory Climbing, Path Traversal, or Backtracking. An alert on this kind of attack indicates a vulnerability in security validation of user input that allows a "traverse to parent directory" or "../" command to pass through. Protect your site by filtering all user input, removing any characters but the allowed data.

CVE Additional Information