WordPress username enumeration
Details of BNVL-2018-0012
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Name : WordPress username enumeration
Related Links: https://www.acunetix.com/vulnerabilities/web/wordpress-username-enumeration
CVE ID: Na
If permalinks are enabled, in many WordPress installations it is possible to enumerate all the WordPress usernames iterating through the author archives. Whenever a post is published, the username or alias is shown as the author. For example, the URL http://site.com/?author=1 will show all the posts from user id 1. Attackers can abuse this functionality to figure out which usernames are available on the site.