01 Mar

Closures of Very Popular WordPress Plugins, Week of March 1

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 that we are aware of (a change made to the WordPress website led to our monitoring to have stopped working for the past few days until we updated it) and it has been reopened.

Essential Addons for Elementor

Essential Addons for Elementor, which has 100,000+ installs, was closed on Monday. No reason has been given for the closure so far. In checking over the plugin we found that it was insecure. The plugin was reopened today, but it is still insecure.