3 Vulnerable WP Plugins and Update Your Joomla

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This entry was posted in WordfenceWordPress Security on July 6, 2017 by Mark Maunder


It’s been a tough week for the WP Statistics plugin. Last Friday, Sucuri (now owned by GoDaddy) discovered a SQL injection vulnerability in the WP Statistics plugin version 12.0.7 and older. To exploit the vulnerability, an attacker needs to register an account (or use a compromised account) with subscriber-level access. They can then exploit a weakness in a WP Statistics shortcode to launch a SQL injection attack. This allows them to, for example, create an admin-level user and sign in to your website as an admin.

Then, 2 days ago Ryan Dewhurst discovered a cross site scripting vulnerability in the same plugin, which was fixed within a few hours of discovery.

Over 300,000 websites use WP Statistics. If you use the plugin, you should immediately update to version 12.0.9 which fixes both of these vulnerabilities.

Wordfence includes built-in protection against SQL injection attacks and cross site scripting (XSS) attacks. As a precautionary measure, we’ve released an additional rule to our Wordfence Premium customers in real-time to protect them against the specific SQL injection attack that targets this plugin.

Other WordPress Vulnerabilities You Should Be Aware Of

The All-in-One WP Migration plugin for WordPress reportedly suffered from a cross site scripting vulnerability which was fixed about 6 weeks ago. Wordfence free and Premium has built-in XSS protection, as mentioned above, so even if you were running the vulnerable plugin, you would have been safe. Nevertheless, if you haven’t already, we recommend you update to 6.51, the newest version of All-in-One WP Migration.

A few weeks ago, a reflected cross site scripting vulnerability was discovered in the WordPress Download Manager plugin versions 2.9.51 and older. We suggest you update to 2.9.53, which is the newest version of this plugin. Wordfence also protects against this exploit (free and Premium).

Don’t Forget to Update Your Joomla Installations

Joomla released a security update 48 hours ago which fixes three vulnerabilities. The new release is Joomla 3.7.3 and includes fixes for two XSS vulnerabilities and an information disclosure vulnerability. If you run Joomla on your website, you can visit https://www.gravityscan.com/ to run a quick scan on your Joomla site and find out if you are vulnerable and need to take action. Details on the release can be found on Joomla.org and we also mentioned this update on the Gravityscan blog.



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