20 Sep

Closures of Very Popular WordPress Plugins, Week of September 20

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 two of those plugins were closed.

If you were a customer of our service you would have already been warned if you were using one of the plugins we found to contain security vulnerabilities due to this monitoring.

Easy Social Feed (Easy Facebook Likebox)

The plugin Easy Social Feed, which has 100,000+ installs, was closed yesterday. It appears that it was closed due to its previous name, Easy Facebook Likebox. We found that it contains a security vulnerability of a type that hackers would be interested in exploiting.

Click to Chat (Click to Chat for WhatsApp)

The plugin Click to Chat, which has 100,000+ installs, was closed yesterday. It appears that it was closed due to its previous name, Click to Chat for WhatsApp. We found that it contains a security vulnerability.

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