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I discovered that if I remove my auth cookies from my browser's request header, I am still able to view a page.


  1. Log into my WordPress installation

  2. Go to the wp-admin page

  3. In Chrome, use the developer Network tab and copy the headers for accessing a page

  4. Paste the cookie into Dev HTTP Client

  5. Remove all the cookies

  6. Press SEND

  7. The output reveals that I am still able to access the admin page

Is this a vulnerability? If I have removed the auth cookies, shouldn't WordPress be able to retrieve the logged in user?

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Is this question not a better fit for the WordPress support forums? This reads more like a potential bug report than a question for the stack exchange network. – t31os Jan 14 '14 at 10:49
IMO, you are not clearing out ALL the cookies. There are session cookies and domain cookies – user42826 Jan 14 '14 at 22:59

If you take out the Cookie header, Dev HTTP Client still sends whatever cookies you have for that site. You can verify this with Charles Web Debugging Proxy

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