Tag Archives: WordPress Security

Fake Plugins, Fake Security

WordPress users are becoming increasingly more aware of security threats and as a result they are taking more actions to secure their websites (e.g. by installing security plugins). While this is a good thing, there are always black hats trying to take an advantage of new opportunities to compromise websites. For example, we’re seeing a More Info »

Stored Cross-Site Scripting Vulnerability in WordPress 4.8.1

During regular research audits for our Sucuri Firewall (WAF), we discovered a source-based stored Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) vulnerability affecting WordPress 4.8.1. Are You at Risk? The vulnerability requires an account on the victim’s site with the Contributor role – or any account in a WordPress installation with bbPress plugin, as long as it has posting More Info »

Old Themes, Abandoned Scripts and Pitfalls of Cleaning Serialized Data

Over the summer we’ve seen waves of WordPress database infections that use vulnerabilities in tagDiv’s Newspaper/Newsmag themes or InterconnectIT Search and Replace scripts (searchreplacedb2.php). The injections range from ad scripts coming from established ad networks like shorte.st to new domains created specifically for those attacks. Typical injected scripts look like this: <s cript type='text/javascript' src='hxxps://con1.sometimesfree[.]biz/c.js’> More Info »

Expired Domain Leads to WordPress Plugin Redirects

A malicious redirect is a snippet of code used by attackers with the intention of redirecting visitors to another site; a very common tactic seen in compromised websites. These redirects often take visitors to phishing, malware, or advertising sites with the intention of capturing sensitive user data, distributing malware and backdoors, or generating advertisement impressions. More Info »

SQL Injection Vulnerability in WP Statistics

As part of a vulnerability research project for our Sucuri Firewall, we have been auditing popular open source projects looking for security issues. While working on the WordPress plugin WP Statistics, we discovered a SQL Injection vulnerability. This plugin is currently installed on 300,000+ websites. Are You at Risk? This vulnerability is caused by the More Info »