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Update WPSCAN using GIT on BackTrack 5R2

So I have been playing with a number of tools lately and this was perhaps one of the easiest things I couldn’t figure out. Talk about having a “WTF” moment.

If you’re curious, wpscan is a vulnerability scanner designed to pentest WordPress applications. It has a number of features that allow you to enumerate usernames, plugins, and TimThumb files. I’ll actually be demonstrating the tool this weekend at WordCamp Las Vegas.   As for BackTrack its a Linux distribution also designed for pentesters. If you’re interested more in malware reverse engineering then you might want to look at the REMnux linux distribution. In any event, that’s a subject for another day…

WPSCAN came pre-configured with BackTrack but as you might expect, it was out of date. So naturally I tried their update option:

#ruby ./wpscan.rb --update

When you do, on a clean install, you’re likely greeted with the following:

AWESOME! Now what?!?!

Fortunately the image shows you where to get the latest build:

But the question I had was still the same, how do I get the git build onto my box and replace what I have already configured? As you might imagine it was actually very simple, thanks to @gbrindisi for the assist.

First thing you want to do is remove the install, it’ll be here:

# rm -rf /pentest/web/wpscan

Second, you’ll download the build and clone it to the same directory you just removed:

# git clone /pentest/web/wpscan/

With the latest build the –update should now work, so you’ll only need to run this moving forward:

# ruby ./wpscan.rb --update

Thanks again to the WPSCAN team for a job well done.