03 May

Closures of Very Popular WordPress Plugins, Week of May 3

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.

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16 Oct

Is This Another Case of a Malicious Takeover of a WordPress Plugin?

In our previous post we noted how we had found that the plugin¬†Facebook Like Box¬†had recently had a cross-site request forgery (CSRF) related vulnerability fixed. In looking over what else had recently been done with the plugin we noticed in the previous release one of the changelog entries was “Fixed Security Bugs”.

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16 Oct

Vulnerability Details: Cross-Site Request Forgery (CSRF)/Settings Change Vulnerability in Facebook Like Box

This post provides the details of a vulnerability in the WordPress plugin Facebook Like Box not discovered by us, where the discoverer hadn’t provided the details needed for us to confirm the vulnerability while we were adding it to the data set for our service, so its contents are limited to subscribers of our service. If you are not currently a subscriber, you can try out the service for free and then you can view the contents of the post. There are a lot of other reason that you will want to sign up beyond access to posts like this one, including that you would have already been warned about this vulnerability if your website was vulnerable due to it.

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