Episode 91 Think Like a Hacker

2020.10.17

Episode 91: How Hackers Can Use CSRF Vulnerabilities and Spearphishing to Wreak Havoc on WordPress

On this week’s episode of Think Like a Hacker, we chat about the cross-site request forgery (CSRF) vulnerability found in the Child Theme Creator by Orbisius and how attackers could use a vulnerability like this with spearphishing to wreak havoc, much like the phishing campaigns now being found on the Canva design platform.

With WordPress adding application passwords for REST API authentication, we discuss the benefits coming with this capability in WordPress version 5.6.

We also consider the ramifications of the critical, wormable RCE bug patched by Microsoft, and how attackers are actively attacking the recent zerologon vulnerability that was patched in August.

Episode 90 Think Like a Hacker

2020.10.09

Episode 90: WPBakery Plugin Vulnerability Exposes Over 4 Million Sites

A vulnerability discovered by the Wordfence Threat Intelligence team in the WPBakery plugin exposes over 4 million sites. High severity vulnerabilities were discovered in the Post Grid and Team Showcase plugins.

The online avatar service Gravatar, has been exposed to a user enumeration technique, which could be abused to collect data on its users’ profiles, and a card skimmer was found on Boom! Mobile’s web site, putting customer card data at risk.

Think Like a Hacker Episode 89

2020.10.02

Episode 89: Shopify Rogue Employees, Medium and Twitter Vulnerabilities, and Hackers Hiding Out in Corporate Networks

Shopify reports that two rogue employees stole data from 200 merchants on their platform. A security researcher found a vulnerability in the Medium Partner Program could have allowed an attacker to steal writers’ earnings. Symantec reports that a state-sponsored hacking group has been hiding out in company networks as a part of an information-stealing campaign. And Twitter reports that an API bug exposed app keys and tokens via a caching issue.

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Think Like a Hacker Episode 88

2020.09.25

Episode 88: XCloner Vulnerabilities, LokiBot Malware, & a 14 Year Old Nets a $25K Bug Bounty

Our Threat Intelligence team discovered several vulnerabilities present in XCloner Backup and Restore, a WordPress plugin installed on over 30,000 sites. These vulnerabilities could have allowed an attacker to modify arbitrary files, including PHP files.

The US government Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency is warning of detected persistent malicious activity traced back to LokiBot infections.

An upcoming API change will break Facebook and Instagram oEmbed links across the web beginning October 24. Google has launched the Web Stories for WordPress plugin with a drag-and-drop, WYSIWYG interface for making full-screen, tappable content.

Drupal patches a critical reflected XSS vulnerability. And a critical stored XSS vulnerability in Instagram’s Spark AR Studio nets a 14-year-old researcher $25,000.

Episode 87 Think Like a Hacker

2020.09.18

Episode 87: Vulnerabilities Affect Discount Rules for WooCommerce Plugin, ModSecurity & Windows

Vulnerabilities were recently patched in the Discount Rules for WooCommerce plugin installed on over 40,000 WordPress sites. Developers from OWASP Core Rule Set said ModSecurity v3 is exposed to denial of service exploits, though the maintainers of ModSecurity reject that claim.

A severe vulnerability called Zerologon in Windows Netlogon was patched in August; this bug could be exploited to attack enterprise servers. And a security researcher also discovered that the Windows TCPIP Finger command can also function as a file downloader and a makeshift command and control server.

Last weekend, nearly 2,000 Magento stores were compromised in the largest hacking campaign since 2015.

Think Like a Hacker Episode 86

2020.09.11

Episode 86: War of the Hackers

Millions of attacks have been targeting the recent File Manager plugin zero-day vulnerability discovered last week. Two attackers are vying for control over sites compromised through the vulnerability.

A security researcher has revealed that specially crafted Windows 10 themes can be used to perform Pass-the-Hash attacks.

A database belonging to the Digital Point webmaster forum leaked records of over 800,000 web professionals that are members of the forum. Visa is warning of a new Baka Javascript credit card skimmer that removes itself from memory after exfiltrating stolen data, making it difficult to detect.

Think Like a Hacker Episode 85

2020.09.04

Episode 85: 0Day in File Manager Plugin and WordPress 5.5.1 Fixes Broken Sites

Over 700,000 WordPress users were affected by a zero-day vulnerability in the File Manager plugin, and the WordPress 5.5.1 release fixed millions of sites affected by deprecation of jQuery Migrate. SendGrid is under siege from spammers using hacked accounts, and Apple approves a notorious malware variant to run on Macs.

Think Like a Hacker Episode 84

2020.08.28

Episode 84: Google Chrome Plans to Implement Insecure Form Warnings

The Google Chrome web browser has a high-severity vulnerability that could be used to execute arbitrary code, which has been fixed in Chrome version 85. Google also announced that Chrome 86 will alert users if a form submission is using the insecure HTTP protocol, making it a good time to audit older sites that may have migrated to HTTPS, but still have forms submitting via HTTP.

A security researcher found a flaw in Apple’s Safari browser that could allow an attacker to access files on a Mac or iOS device.

The FBI and CISA have issued a joint alert to warn about the growing threat from vishing attacks targeting companies.

Think Like a Hacker Episode 83

2020.08.21

Episode 83: 100,000 Sites Impacted by Vulnerabilities in Advanced Access Manager

The Wordfence Threat Intelligence team discovered vulnerabilities in the Advanced Access Manager plugin installed on over 100,000 WordPress sites. A high severity authorization bypass could lead to privilege escalation and site takeover. Critical vulnerabilities found in the Quiz and Survey Master plugin could also lead to site takeover on the 30,000 WP sites using the vulnerable version of this plugin.

Thousands of sites broke after updating to WordPress 5.5 due to deprecated support for jQuery Migrate, and the release of the Enable jQuery Migrate Helper plugin reached 10,000 active installations to help fix these sites using older themes or plugins.

As cryptocurrency values rise, we’re seeing a wave of new scams and hacking campaigns with cryptocurrency as a driving force, such as the recent Twitter hack and a botnet campaign called Fritzfrog that is breaching SSH servers to mine Monero.

Think Like a Hacker Episode 82

2020.08.14

Episode 82: Important Changes in the WordPress 5.5 Update

WordPress 5.5 was released on August 11 with a number of important updates, including a new feature allowing auto-updates of themes and plugins as well as changes to the block editor. The popular Astra theme was suspended from the repository for having affiliate links in the code.

A vulnerability found in Google Chromium browsers could allow attackers to bypass content security policy in order to steal data and execute rogue code, this vulnerability affects billions of users. The Wall Street Journal reported that government tracking software is embedded in over 500 mobile apps.

episode 81 think like a hacker

2020.08.07

Episode 81: Critical Vulnerability Exposes over 700,000 Sites Using Divi, Extra, and Divi Builder

Our Threat Intelligence team disclosed numerous vulnerabilities this week, including a critical vulnerability in the Divi and Extra themes as well as the Divi Builder plugin. In total, this vulnerability affected over 700,000 sites. A vulnerability found in The Official Facebook Chat Plugin created a vector for social engineering attacks as it allowed an attacker to pose as a site owner via chat. Object Injection vulnerabilities discovered in the Newsletter plugin affected over 300,000 sites. We also look at the charges brought against 3 people in connection with the recent Twitter hack. The WordCamp US organizing team made the difficult decision to cancel WCUS this year amid online event fatigue.

Think Like a Hacker Episode 80

2020.07.31

Episode 80: Critical File Upload Vulnerability in wpDiscuz Plugin

Our Threat Intelligence team discovered a vulnerability in the wpDiscuz plugin, affecting over 80,000 WordPress sites. A blind SQL injection attack affected analytics service WayDev, exposing OAuth tokens for GitHub repositories for software companies, leading to further breaches. A debate about problematic admin notices on the WordPress admin dashboard has many wondering how to best solve the issue, while WordCamps move to all virtual in 2020. And finally, Garmin’s ransomware attack takes down more than step counting.

Episode 79: High Profile Twitter Accounts Compromised in Coordinated Attack

2020.07.17

Episode 79: High Profile Twitter Accounts Compromised in Coordinated Attack

A number of high profile Twitter accounts including those of Elon Musk, Apple, Uber, Bill Gates, Joe Biden and others were compromised as a part of a coordinated bitcoin scam attack. The attack lasted a few hours and netted the attackers about $100,000 worth of bitcoin. We talk about how this attack could have possibly happened and lessons for businesses with remote workers accessing company systems.

We also talk about a vulnerability our Threat Intelligence team discovered in the All in One SEO Pack plugin used by over 2 million WordPress sites. This vulnerability could be used by a malicious contributor account to take over a WordPress site.

We also discuss SigRed: A 17-year-old ‘wormable’ vulnerability that could be used to hijack Windows servers, a vulnerability that could have severe ramifications for enterprise Windows networks. This vulnerability was patched on July 14.

And we take a look at some privacy concerns with the increasingly popular TikTok app and how Apple discovered TikTok spying on iPhone users.

Think Like a Hacker Podcast 78

2020.06.22

Episode 78: Targeted Phishing Bypassing Security Checks and a new DDoS Record

This week, we look at some targeted phishing attacks that are bypassing Microsoft Outlook’s protective filters, and phishing campaigns using calendar invitations to target unsuspecting recipients. We also look at some successful bitcoin scams and a new record for a massive DDoS attack that targeted an AWS customer.

Drupal pushes out some security fixes, and zero-day vulnerabilities found in numerous Netgear routers.

Think Like a Hacker Episode 77

2020.06.12

Episode 77: WordPress 5.4.2 Released, Fake Ransomware Bitcoin Scams

This week, we look at the WP 5.4.2 release and a ransomware bitcoin scam targeting site owners with a “You’ve Been Hacked” email. We also look at an FBI warning about online banking app malware, the Verizon data breach report and what is says about WordPress, and how some white hat hackers are becoming millionaires responsibly disclosing vulnerabilities via HackerOne.

Think Like a Hacker Episode 76

2020.05.16

Episode 76: Ongoing Attacks on WP Growing in Volume Plus Numerous Plugin Vulnerabilities

On this week’s Think Like a Hacker podcast, we cover an active attack campaign targeting WordPress sites and numerous plugin vulnerabilities. This active attack campaign has been ongoing and has outpaced all other attacks on WordPress vulnerabilities. Our threat intelligence team has been tracking this attacker for months now, and we’re seeing these attacks intensifying. We also look at vulnerabilities found in Google’s Site Kit plugin and the Page Builder by SiteOrigin, and why it’s so important for plugin developers to have a Responsible Disclosure Policy published in an easy to find location on their site.

We also look at how a combination of two vulnerabilities were used in a zero-day active attack on sites running Elementor Pro and the Ultimate Addons for Elementor plugin.

We also look at some new updates to Fast or Slow, the new global site speed profiling tool created by the Wordfence engineering team, and the impromptu hard launch the site experienced when it rose to the #1 position on Hacker News on May 8, 2020.

May has been a rather busy month in WordPress security and for the Wordfence team. Enjoy the podcast, and stay safe.

Episode 75 Think Like a Hacker WordPress 5.4.1

2020.05.02

Episode 75: The WordPress 5.4.1 Security Release & More Plugin Vulnerabilities

The Wordfence Threat Intelligence team unpacked the security updates in WordPress 5.4.1, and they published quite a few blog posts about vulnerabilities in popular plugins like Ninja Forms, LearnPress, and the Real-Time Find and Replace plugin. These plugin vulnerabilities affected over one million WordPress sites. As a few of these were Cross Site Request Forgery vulnerabilities, so we take a look at how these attacks work and how to avoid becoming a victim to a malicious CSRF request.

We also look at more scams targeting COVID-19 fears and stimulus funds, and Google’s upcoming crackdown on Chrome extensions set to happen in August 2020. We also look at the privacy concerns expressed by many in the information security field about contact tracing initiatives by various companies including Google and Apple as well as governmental agencies.

Episode 74: Staying Safe When Hackers Use Sophisticated Attacks

2020.04.24

Episode 74: Staying Safe When Hackers Use Sophisticated Attacks

Stories this week about targeted attacks using 0days in iPhone and iPad devices and a sophisticated phone scam targeting a security professional that ended with a $9,800 wire transfer underscore what we all know: malicious attacks are becoming increasingly sophisticated. We give you some ideas how to stay safe.

We also cover a recent plugin vulnerability in the MapPress Maps plugin affecting over 80,000 WordPress sites, Google’s report that they’re seeing more than 18 million daily malware and phishing emails. We also cover the recent funding that Frontity received, and look at what this might mean for faster WordPress sites.

Adam Silver

2020.04.18

Episode 73: Security News and Success through Processes with Adam Silver

The FTC is reporting numerous scams targeting fears and uncertainty, with over $12 million lost to Coronavirus-related scams. We also cover BBB warnings against oversharing on social media, over 500,000 Zoom credentials found on the dark web, Google’s removal of malicious Chrome extensions, as well as recent plugin and theme vulnerabilities.

We also chatted with Adam Silver, host of the KitchenSinkWP podcast, currently celebrating 6 years of podcasting. We ask Adam about his consistent success, experiences with WordCamps, as well as the impact of Open | The Community Code, the film about the WordPress community, in which Adam participated.

Podcast Episode 72

2020.04.06

Episode 72: WordPress 5.4 Released, Zoom Conferencing Safety & Security

This week, we look at the WordPress 5.4 release which includes turning distraction free editing on by default. We also look at new plugin vulnerabilities discovered by the Wordfence Threat Intelligence team, including those found in Rank Math and a Contact From 7 helper plugin. We review the new features recently added to Fast or Slow, the free global website speed profiler.

We also talk about Zoom’s recent security and privacy issues, including a recent discovery by a security researcher who found recordings of meetings containing sensitive information on Zoom’s cloud service.