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WordPress 5.9.2 Security Update Fixes XSS and Prototype Pollution Vulnerabilities

Last night, just after 6pm Pacific time, on Thursday  March 10, 2022, the WordPress core team released WordPress version 5.9.2, which contains security patches for a high-severity vulnerability as well as two medium-severity issues. The high-severity issue affects version 5.9.0 and 5.9.1 and allows contributor-level users and above to insert malicious JavaScript into WordPress posts. …
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We’re Now Blocking 10,000 Requests Per Hour in Ukraine From Known Malicious IPs

48 hours ago we deployed our commercial real-time threat intelligence automatically, and for free, to all Ukrainian websites with the .UA top-level domain. That has made over 8,000 sites in Ukraine using the free version of Wordfence significantly more secure. At noon-UTC on March 2nd, those sites started updating from our servers and receiving our …
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Ukraine Universities Hacked As Russian Invasion Started

Note: This article has been updated to reflect that the hosting provider “Njalla”, which routed the malicious traffic involved in this attack, is based in Sweden, not in Finland, although IP geolocation data indicates that the specific server that the traffic transited may be based in Finland. We have also updated the post title to …
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Stored Cross-Site Scripting Vulnerability Patched in a WordPress Photo Gallery Plugin

On November 11, 2021 the Wordfence Threat Intelligence team initiated the responsible disclosure process for a vulnerability we discovered in “Photoswipe Masonry Gallery”, a WordPress plugin that is installed on over 10,000 sites. This flaw makes it possible for an authenticated attacker to inject malicious JavaScript that executes whenever a site administrator accesses the PhotoSwipe …
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Entering a Higher State of Vigilance – Ukraine Under Attack

It appears that Russia has just commenced the invasion of Ukraine. Check your preferred international news outlet, but according to the Ukrainian foreign minister “Putin has just launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine.” Ukrainian airspace is closed with flights diverting. The Twitter Safety account just started tweeting in Ukrainian, giving users instructions on how to: …
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Reflected XSS in Header Footer Code Manager

On February 15, 2022, the Wordfence Threat Intelligence team responsibly disclosed a reflected Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) vulnerability in Header Footer Code Manager, a WordPress plugin with over 300,000 installations. The plugin publisher quickly acknowledged our initial contact and we sent the full disclosure details the same day, on February 15, 2022. A patched version, 1.1.17, …
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Vulnerability in UpdraftPlus Allowed Subscribers to Download Sensitive Backups

Update: a previous version of this article indicated that an attacker would need to begin their attack when a backup was in progress, and would need to guess the appropriate timestamp to download a backup. Since the article was originally published, we have found that it is possible to obtain a full log containing a …
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Reflected Cross-Site Scripting Vulnerability Patched in WordPress Profile Builder Plugin

On January 4, 2022 the Wordfence Threat Intelligence team initiated the responsible disclosure process for a vulnerability we discovered in “Profile Builder – User Profile & User Registration Forms”, a WordPress plugin that is installed on over 50,000 WordPress websites. This vulnerability makes it possible for an unauthenticated attacker to craft a request that contains …
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Unauthenticated SQL Injection Vulnerability Patched in WordPress Statistics Plugin

On February 7, 2022, Security Researcher Cyku Hong from DEVCORE reported a vulnerability to us that they discovered in WP Statistics, a WordPress plugin installed on over 600,000 sites. This vulnerability made it possible for unauthenticated attackers to execute arbitrary SQL queries by appending them to an existing SQL query. This could be used to …
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Critical Vulnerabilities in PHP Everywhere Allow Remote Code Execution

On January 4, 2022, the Wordfence Threat Intelligence team began the responsible disclosure process for several Remote Code Execution vulnerabilities in PHP Everywhere, a WordPress plugin installed on over 30,000 websites. One of these vulnerabilities allowed any authenticated user of any level, even subscribers and customers, to execute code on a site with the plugin …
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