Advisory: CVE-2020-29045 – Unauthenticated RCE via Arbitrary Object Deserialisation in Five Star Restaurant Menu – WordPress Ordering Plugin

It is possible to gain Unauthenticated Remote Code Execution (RCE) on any WordPress instance that is using this plugin, due to the unsafe use of unserialize for the parsing of unsanitised user input, via the cookie fdm_cart used within includes/class-cart-manager.php

CVE: CVE-2020-29045
Severity: HIGH
Vulnerability Type: CWE-502: Deserialization of Untrusted Data
Requires Authentication: No



Discovered: 2020-11-17 – Nick Blundell, AppCheck Ltd
Contacted Vendor (with no response): 2020-11-17 and again on 2020-11-30
Reported directly to WordPress Security Team: 2021-01-06
Fixed: 2021-01-11 (in version 2.2.1)


Affected Software

Name: Five Star Restaurant Menu – WordPress Ordering Plugin
Version: <= 2.2.0
Vendor: Fivestar Plugins (
Google dork: inurl:”/wp-content/plugins/food-and-drink-menu/”


Affected Components

The following code deserialises the cookie value sent from the user, such that arbitrary code may be injected:

// File: includes/class-cart-manager.php

public function load_cart_from_cookie() {

        $fdm_cart_items = isset( $_COOKIE['fdm_cart'] ) ? unserialize( $_COOKIE['fdm_cart'] ) : array();
        // -->                                            ^^^^^^^^^^^
        if ( ! is_array( $fdm_cart_items ) ) { return; }

        foreach ( $fdm_cart_items as $fdm_cart_item ) {
            $this->cart_items[ $fdm_cart_item->item_identifier ] = $fdm_cart_item;

Exploitation Demo

Exploitation of PHP serialisation vulnerabilities involves leveraging a collection of gadget classes that are already present within the vulnerable application, such as third party libraries, in such a way that arbitrary code execution (or some other malicious action) is executed when that chain of gadget classes is deserialised.   See references below for more details on this class of vulnerability and its exploitation.

Exploit Demo Screencast




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