Vane - WordPress Vulnerability Scanner (A GPL fork of WPScan)

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Vane is a GPL fork of the now non-free popular WordPress vulnerability scanner WPScan.


  • Windows not supported
  • Ruby => 1.9
  • RubyGems
  • Git

Installing on Debian/Ubuntu
sudo apt-get install libcurl4-gnutls-dev libopenssl-ruby libxml2 libxml2-dev libxslt1-dev ruby-dev
git clone
cd vane
sudo gem install bundler && bundle install --without test development

Installing on Fedora
sudo yum install libcurl-devel
git clone
cd vane
sudo gem install bundler && bundle install --without test development

Installing on Archlinux
pacman -Sy ruby
pacman -Sy libyaml

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

gem install typhoeus
gem install nokogiri

Installing on Mac OS X
git clone
cd vane
sudo gem install bundler && bundle install --without test development


Typhoeus segmentation fault
Update cURL to version => 7.21 (may have to install from source) See

Proxy not working
Update 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
Run sudo aptitude install libreadline5-dev libncurses5-dev
Then, open the directory of the readline gem (you have to locate it)
cd ~/.rvm/src/ruby-1.9.2-p180/ext/readline
ruby extconf.rb
make install
See for more details

--update Update to the latest revision
--url | -u 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 vp 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 '' 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 Use the specified config file
--follow-redirection If the target url has a redirection, it will be followed without asking if you wanted to do so or not
--wp-content-dir WPScan try to find the content directory (ie wp-content) by scanning the index page, however you can specified it. Subdirectories are allowed
--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 (will override the one from conf/browser.conf.json). 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 (will override the one from conf/browser.conf.json).
--basic-auth username:password Set the HTTP Basic authentication
--wordlist | -w Supply a wordlist for the password bruter and do the brute.
--threads | -t The number of threads to use when multi-threading requests. (will override the value from conf/browser.conf.json)
--username | -U Only brute force the supplied username.
--help | -h This help screen.
--verbose | -v Verbose output.

Do 'non-intrusive' checks...
ruby vane.rb --url
Do wordlist password brute force on enumerated users using 50 threads...
ruby vane.rb --url --wordlist darkc0de.lst --threads 50
Do wordlist password brute force on the 'admin' username only...
ruby vane.rb --url --wordlist darkc0de.lst --username admin
Enumerate installed plugins...
ruby vane.rb --url --enumerate p

--help    | -h   This help screen.
--Verbose | -v   Verbose output.
--update  | -u   Update to the latest revision.
--generate_plugin_list [number of pages]  Generate a new data/plugins.txt file. (supply number of *pages* to parse, default : 150)
--gpl  Alias for --generate_plugin_list
--check-local-vulnerable-files | --clvf <local directory>  Perform a recursive scan in the <local directory> to find vulnerable files or shells

Generate a new 'most popular' plugin list, up to 150 pages ...
ruby vanetools.rb --generate_plugin_list 150
Locally scan a WordPress installation for vulnerable files or shells :
ruby vanetools.rb --check-local-vulnerable-files /var/www/wordpress/

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