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Test Account Provisioning Process



The provisioning of accounts presents an opportunity for an attacker to create a valid account without application of the proper identification and authorization process.

Test Objectives

  • Verify which accounts may provision other accounts and of what type.

How to Test

Determine which roles are able to provision users and what sort of accounts they can provision.

  • Is there any verification, vetting and authorization of provisioning requests?
  • Is there any verification, vetting and authorization of de-provisioning requests?
  • Can an administrator provision other administrators or just users?
  • Can an administrator or other user provision accounts with privileges greater than their own?
  • Can an administrator or user de-provision themselves?
  • How are the files or resources owned by the de-provisioned user managed? Are they deleted? Is access transferred?


In WordPress, only a user’s name and email address are required to provision the user, as shown below:

WordPress User Add
Figure 4.3.3-1: WordPress User Add

De-provisioning of users requires the administrator to select the users to be de-provisioned, select Delete from the dropdown menu (circled) and then applying this action. The administrator is then presented with a dialog box asking what to do with the user’s posts (delete or transfer them).

WordPress Auth and Users
Figure 4.3.3-2: WordPress Auth and Users


While the most thorough and accurate approach to completing this test is to conduct it manually, HTTP proxy tools could be also useful.