14 Dec

Closures of Very Popular WordPress Plugins, Week of December 14

While we already are far ahead of other companies in keeping up with vulnerabilities in WordPress plugins (amazingly that isn’t an exaggeration), in looking in to how we could get even better we noticed that in a recent instance were a vulnerability was exploited in a plugin, we probably could have warned our customers about the vulnerability even sooner if we had looked at the plugin when it was first closed on the Plugin Directory instead of when the vulnerability was fixed (though as far as we are aware the exploitation started after we had warned our customers of the fix). So we are now monitoring to see if any of the 1,000 most popular plugins are closed on the Plugin Directory and then seeing if it looks like that was due to a vulnerability.

This week three of those plugins were closed and have yet to be reopened.

404 To Homepage

404 To Homepage, which has 30,000+ installations, was closed yesterday. No explanation has been given so far for the closure. In looking over the plugin we didn’t find any obvious security issues.

It has yet to be reopened.

Force HTTPS

Force HTTPS, which has 80,000+ installations, was closed yesterday. No explanation has been given so far for the closure. The plugin is by the same developer as 404 To Homepage. In looking over the plugin we didn’t find any obvious security issues.

It has yet to be reopened.

WordPress phpinfo()

WordPress phpinfo(), which has 30,000+ installations, was closed today. No explanation has been given so far for the closure. In looking over the plugin we didn’t find any obvious security issues.

It has yet to be reopened.