In reviewing reports of vulnerabilities in WordPress plugins to provide our customers with the best data on vulnerabilities in plugins they use 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 that are not outright false, just the issue is probably more accurately described as a bug. For those that don’t rise to level of getting their own post we now place them in a weekly post when we come across them.
Remote File Upload in Contact Form 7
A claimed remote file upload vulnerability in the plugin in Contact Form 7 is good example of the fact that appearance of credible vulnerability report can be false. While the report has a proof of concept for the claimed issue, which would seem to indicate that the reporter had tested it out, they clearly didn’t. That proof of concept has a request sent directly to a file in the plugin /modules/file.php, but if you sent a request to that file it will cause a fatal error when the first line of code in the file runs: [Read more]