18 Jan

Closures of Very Popular WordPress Plugins, Week of January 18

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 these plugins was closed and none of them have been reopened.

Instagram Gallery

Instagram Gallery, which has 40,000+ installs, was closed last Friday. No reason has been given for the closure. In looking over the plugin we didn’t find any obvious security issues.

WP Defender

WP Defender, which has 60,000+ installs, was closed on Monday. No reason has been given for the closure. In looking over the plugin we didn’t find any obvious security issues. There is a recent complaint that the plugin conflicts another plugin not in the Plugin Directory.

WP Construction Mode

WP Construction Mode, which has 30,000+ installs, was closed on Monday. No reason has been given for the closure. In looking over the plugin we found that it contains a cross-site request forgery (CSRF)/ cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability.

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