A little less than a month ago we mentioned how a brand new WordPress plugin contained an authenticated option update vulnerability due to usage of an outdated version of the third-party Freemius library. That vulnerability has been widely exploited. Brand new WordPress plugins are supposed to go through a security review before being allowed in the Plugin Directory. So either those reviews are not happening or they are failing to catch things that should have been caught. We spotted that through our proactive monitoring of changes made to plugins in the Plugin Directory to try to catch serious vulnerabilities and that has again identified the same thing happening, with the new plugin this time being WP Dev Powers: ACF Color Coded Field Types.
We have long offered to provide the team running the Plugin Directory help to have a capability similar to that monitoring. Running the plugin through our Plugin Security Checker would have warned about that as well. We have long offered the team running the Plugin Directory free access to the advanced mode of that tool for free. We haven’t heard any interest from that team to either of those offers. And the results of what they are doing instead speaks for itself. [Read more]