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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.
- 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:
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).
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.