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 one of those plugins was closed and has been reopened.
Easy Updates Manager
Easy Updates Manager, which has 200,000+ installations, was closed on Sunday. According to one of the plugin’s contributors “It was closed by mistake.” No changes have been made to the plugin and yet it has returned, so that would seem to be accurate. This seems like yet another reason for more transparency with the closures of plugins.