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Recent WordPress Vulnerabilities Targeted by Malvertising Campaign

This entry was posted in Research, WordPress Security on July 22, 2019 by Mikey Veenstra   7 Replies

The Defiant Threat Intelligence team has identified a malvertising campaign which is causing victims’ sites to display unwanted popup ads and redirect visitors to malicious destinations, including tech support scams, malicious Android APKs, and sketchy pharmaceutical ads. This type of campaign is far from novel, but these attacks drew our attention. By targeting a few …
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Critical Vulnerability Patched in Popular Convert Plus Plugin

This entry was posted in Vulnerabilities, WordPress Security on May 29, 2019 by Mikey Veenstra   3 Replies

Description: Unauthenticated Administrator Creation CVSS v3.0 Score: 10.0 (Critical) CVSS Vector String: CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:C/C:H/I:H/A:H Affected Plugin: Convert Plus Plugin Slug: convertplug Affected Versions: <= 3.4.2 Patched Version: 3.4.3 On Friday May 24th, our Threat Intelligence team identified a vulnerability present in Convert Plus, a commercial WordPress plugin with an estimated 100,000 active installs. This flaw allowed …
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Privilege Escalation Flaw Present In Slick Popup Plugin

This entry was posted in Vulnerabilities, WordPress Security on May 28, 2019 by Mikey Veenstra   2 Replies

In April, our Threat Intelligence team identified a privilege escalation flaw present in the latest version of Slick Popup, a WordPress plugin with approximately 7,000 active installs. We notified the developers, a firm called Om Ak Solutions, who acknowledged the issue and informed us that a patch would be released. Per our disclosure policy, we …
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OS Command Injection Vulnerability Patched In WP Database Backup Plugin

This entry was posted in Vulnerabilities, WordPress Security on May 28, 2019 by Mikey Veenstra   3 Replies

Toward the end of April, an unnamed security researcher published details of an unpatched vulnerability in WP Database Backup, a WordPress plugin with over 70,000 users. The vulnerability, which was irresponsibly disclosed to the public before attempting to notify the plugin’s developers, was reported as a plugin configuration change flaw. A proof of concept (PoC) …
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Unauthenticated Media Deletion Vulnerability Patched In WooCommerce Checkout Manager Plugin

This entry was posted in Vulnerabilities, WordPress Security on May 02, 2019 by Mikey Veenstra   2 Replies

Earlier this week, a security update was released for the WooCommerce Checkout Manager plugin for WordPress. This update fixes two distinct vulnerabilities: an arbitrary file upload flaw present in certain configurations, and a flaw allowing attackers to delete media files from affected sites. The plugin’s users are advised to install the latest available version (4.3 …
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Pipdig Update: Dishonest Denials, Erased Evidence, and Ongoing Offenses

This entry was posted in Research, Vulnerabilities on April 02, 2019 by Mikey Veenstra   25 Replies

In last week’s post, we reported on some concerning code identified in the Pipdig Power Pack (P3) plugin. The plugin, which is installed alongside WordPress themes sold by Pipdig, was found to contain a number of suspicious or malicious features. Among these features were a remote “killswitch” Pipdig could use to destroy sites, an obfuscated …
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Peculiar PHP Present In Popular Pipdig Power Pack (P3) Plugin

This entry was posted in Research, WordPress Security on March 29, 2019 by Mikey Veenstra   36 Replies

This week, our team was notified of suspicious code present in a plugin offered alongside themes sold by Pipdig, a UK-based web development team. The user, who wishes to remain anonymous, reached out to us with concerns that the plugin’s developer can grant themselves administrative access to sites using the plugin, or even delete affected …
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Recent Social Warfare Vulnerability Allowed Remote Code Execution

This entry was posted in Vulnerabilities, WordPress Security on March 25, 2019 by Mikey Veenstra   3 Replies

In posts last week, we detailed a vulnerability in the Social Warfare plugin, and discussed the attack campaigns against it. These issues were reported widely as Cross Site Scripting (XSS) flaws, due to an unexpected disclosure and proof of concept released by an unnamed researcher. Our Threat Intelligence team quickly released a firewall rule to mitigate impact …
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Social Warfare Plugin Zero-Day: Details and Attack Data

This entry was posted in Vulnerabilities, WordPress Security on March 21, 2019 by Mikey Veenstra   6 Replies

In our earlier post, we issued a warning to users of the Social Warfare plugin regarding a zero-day vulnerability affecting their sites. At this time, the plugin’s developers have issued a patch for the flaw. All users are urged to update to version 3.5.3 immediately. Vulnerability Details The plugin features functionality that allows users to …
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Unpatched Zero-Day Vulnerability in Social Warfare Plugin Exploited In The Wild

This entry was posted in Vulnerabilities, WordPress Security on March 21, 2019 by Mikey Veenstra   3 Replies

Earlier today, an unnamed security researcher published a full disclosure of a stored Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) vulnerability present in the most recent version of popular WordPress plugin Social Warfare. The plugin, which was subsequently removed from the WordPress.org plugin repository, has an active install base of over 70,000 sites. The flaw allows attackers to inject …
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