28 Jun

Closures of Very Popular WordPress Plugins, Week of June 28

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 it has been reopened.

Import users from CSV with meta

The plugin Import users from CSV with meta, which has 30,000+ installs, was closed on Saturday. While no reason has been given for the closure it would appear it was closed due to a vulnerability we had originally notified the developer back in September, 2016.

It was reopened on Wednesday.