High Severity Vulnerability Leads to Closure of Plugin with Over 100,000 Installations
This entry was posted in Vulnerabilities, WordPress Security on April 2, 2020 by Ram Gall 5 Replies
On April 1, 2020, the Wordfence Threat Intelligence team discovered a stored Cross Site Scripting (XSS) vulnerability in Contact Form 7 Datepicker, a WordPress plugin installed on over 100,000 sites. As the plugin developer’s github page indicated that the plugin was no longer being maintained, we contacted the WordPress plugins team with our disclosure, and they immediately removed the plugin from the repository for review. We also contacted the plugin’s developer and received a response verifying that they had no plans to maintain it and were satisfied with removing the plugin from the repository.
All Wordfence users, including Wordfence free and Wordfence Premium users, are protected from this vulnerability by the Wordfence Firewall’s built-in XSS protection. Nonetheless, we strongly recommend deactivating and removing this plugin.
What should I do?
Although all sites running the Wordfence Web Application Firewall should be protected against this vulnerability, we strongly recommend deactivating and removing the Contact Form 7 Datepicker plugin if it is installed on your site. If your site is running Wordfence, the scanner should alert you if any of your plugins are vulnerable, or have been removed from the WordPress repository. As the Contact Form 7 Datepicker plugin is no longer being maintained, it will likely not ever be patched, so it may be wise to search for an alternative plugin with similar functionality.
Due to the number of sites affected by this plugin’s closure, we are intentionally providing minimal details about this vulnerability to prevent widespread exploitation. We will continue to monitor the situation and provide more details in a future update.