08 Feb

Not Really a WordPress Plugin Vulnerability, Week of February 8

In reviewing reports of vulnerabilities in WordPress plugins we often find that there are reports for things that don’t appear to be vulnerabilities. For more problematic reports we release posts detailing why the vulnerability reports are false, but there have been a lot of that we haven’t felt rose to that level. In particular are items [Read more]

06 Dec

Here Is Yet Another Vulnerability Spotted by Our Plugin Security Checker in the WordPress Plugin Ultimate Member

The WordPress plugin Ultimate Member was the cause of too many websites being hacked back in August, we say too many because the developer didn’t promptly fix a vulnerability that was being exploited for some inexplicable reason. It probably then isn’t surprising that as we improve our Plugin Security Checker, an automated tool that you [Read more]

20 Nov

Our Plugin Security Checker Already Detected a Remote Code Execution (RCE) Vulnerability in a WordPress Plugin with 100,000+ Installs

Last Friday after we discovered a remote code execution (RCE) vulnerability in a WordPress plugin through our proactive monitoring of changes made to plugins in the Plugin Directory to try to catch serious vulnerabilities we noted that we had updated our Plugin Security Checker to have the same check: Now that we have actually run across a [Read more]

03 Oct

New Check in Our Plugin Security Checker Already Spotted Vulnerability in WordPress Plugin with 100,000+ Active Installs

About a month ago we mentioned that moderators of the WordPress Support Forum’s deletion of discussions of security issues can be unhelpful, in the context of us seeing mention of a vulnerability in a thread that was quickly deleted, realizing there was another related vulnerability, and then adding a check for that other vulnerability to [Read more]

24 Aug

Sucuri’s Post With FUD Claim of Massive Infection Really Shows That They Are Failing Their Customers

It has taken us a long time to fully grasp the level of dishonesty in the security industry, since it is so rampant that is hard to believe how bad things truly are, even seeing examples every day. That there is almost any dishonesty should be surprising since trust is so important when it comes [Read more]

10 Aug

Our Plugin Security Checker Identified Another Reflected XSS Vulnerability in WordPress Plugin with 100,000+ Active Installs

In a reminder of the rather poor state of security of WordPress plugins and how our Plugin Security Checker tool (which is accessible through a WordPress plugin of its own) can help you to get a better idea if they are in need of additional security scrutiny recently the plugin Ultimate Member, which has 100,000+ active installs according to wordpress.org, was run [Read more]

08 Aug

Arbitrary File Upload Vulnerability Being Exploited in Current Version of Ultimate Member

The WordPress plugin Ultimate Member was recently brought on to our radar after it had been run through our Plugin Security Checker and that tool had identified a possible vulnerability in it. We happened to take a look into that as part of continued effort to improve the results coming from that tool. We confirmed that [Read more]

29 Jun

What Happened With WordPress Plugin Vulnerabilities in May 2018

If you want the best information and therefore best protection against vulnerabilities in WordPress plugins we provide you that through our service. Here is what we did to keep those are already using our service secure from WordPress plugin vulnerabilities during May (and what you have been missing out on if you haven’t signed up yet): Plugin [Read more]

21 May

Vulnerability Details: Cross-Site Request Forgery (CSRF)/Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) Vulnerability in Ultimate Member

This Vulnerability Details post about a vulnerability in the plugin Ultimate Member provides the details of a vulnerability we didn’t discover and access to it is limited to customers of our service, unlike the posts on vulnerabilities we have discovered, which are freely available and give you an idea of what information is provided in [Read more]