For our nineteenth security review of a WordPress plugin based on the voting of our customers, we reviewed the plugin Simple 301 Redirects.
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The review was done on version 1.07 of Simple 301 Redirects. We checked for the following issues during this review:
- Insecure file upload handling (this is the cause of the most exploited type of vulnerability, arbitrary file upload)
- Deserialization of untrusted data
- Security issues with functions accessible through WordPress’ AJAX functionality (those are a common source of disclosed vulnerabilities these days)
- Persistent cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerabilities in publicly accessible portions of the plugin
- Cross-site request forgery (CSRF) vulnerabilities in the admin portion of plugins
SQL injection vulnerabilities (the code that handles requests to the database)
Reflected cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerabilities
- Security issues with functions accessible through any of the plugin’s shortcodes
- Security issues with functions accessible through the admin_action action
- Security issues with functions accessible through the admin_init action
- Security issues with import/export functionality
- Security issues with usage of is_admin()
- Host header injection vulnerabilities
Lack of protection against unintended direct access of PHP files
- Insecure and unwarranted requests to third-party websites
We found one really minor issue.
Lack of Protection Against Direct Access to PHP Files
The only .php file in the plugin is not intended to be directly accessed but does not contain protection against direct access. When the plugin is active the file will run whenever WordPress is loading, so the lack of protection against direct access doesn’t matter. If the plugin is not active then accessing the file will cause its code to run, but it will hit fatal error before anything of importance is run, so there doesn’t look to be any security issue that could be caused by this.