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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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Friday Fun: From Idea to Animated Film

It’s Friday, and I thought we’d have fun talking about something a little different. At Wordfence, one of my priorities is fostering a strong creative team and culture, and investing in creators. Emily Dalmas joined us as a full-time producer almost a year ago via her job as Associate Producer for The Tonight Show Starring …
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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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Announcing Wordfence Care and Wordfence Response

Today I’m incredibly excited to announce that we are launching two new products: Wordfence Care and Wordfence Response. Let’s start with a fun animation that explains our new product suite! In the post below, I’ll describe in detail the two incredible new products we are launching and why they are essential for business owners and …
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Unauthenticated XSS Vulnerability Patched in HTML Email Template Designer Plugin

On December 23, 2021 the Wordfence Threat Intelligence team initiated the responsible disclosure process for a vulnerability we discovered in “WordPress Email Template Designer – WP HTML Mail”, a WordPress plugin that is installed on over 20,000 sites. This flaw made it possible for an unauthenticated attacker to inject malicious JavaScript that would execute whenever …
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84,000 WordPress Sites Affected by Three Plugins With The Same Vulnerability

On November 5, 2021 the Wordfence Threat Intelligence team initiated the responsible disclosure process for a vulnerability we discovered in “Login/Signup Popup”, a WordPress plugin that is installed on over 20,000 sites. A few days later we discovered the same vulnerability present in two additional plugins developed by the same author: “Side Cart Woocommerce (Ajax)”, …
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