Multidots Inc. is a software development company from India that has developed a wide range of various WordPress plugins. About a month ago ThreatPress Security Research Team found a lot of vulnerabilities in ten plugins designed by Multidots to extend the capabilities of WooCommerce. As you can understand, these plugins designed for online stores powered by WooCommerce / WordPress. ThreatPress notified the Multidots instantly about the issues with their WordPress plugins, usually developer fixes problem as soon as possible, but in this case, everything went quite a different way.
Vulnerable plugins by Multidots
So, overall ThreatPress found that there are ten vulnerable plugins. All of them hosted on WordPress.org plugin repository. Here’s the list of these plugins (plugin name, active installs and vulnerability type):
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WordPress plugins, and more precisely their security is one of the most common causes of website hacks. There are more than 55,000 plugins available on the WordPress.org plugin directory. More of them are available at Codecanyon and other similar plugin directories or numerous plugin vendor sites. Checking all the code lines of each plugin is impossible. No one knows how much of them are vulnerable. Vulnerable plugins periodically identified by WordPress community or WordPress security companies.
In most cases, these vulnerabilities fixed as soon as possible. But sometimes WordPress Security Team closes vulnerable plugins if there are no updates from authors within a specified period or plugin poses a high threat. And here we have a huge problem. By closing a vulnerable plugin WordPress Security Team protects all users from downloading an unsafe software, but what about those who already have those plugins installed on their websites?
Closed WordPress plugins by Multidots
I will write a separate post about this case, but now I want to use it as an example. Recently WordPress security company ThreatPress found ten vulnerable WordPress plugins designed for WooCommerce function extension. They notified Multidots Inc. about the security issues of their products. Later ThreatPress research team informed WordPress Security Team since there were no updates for several weeks. All ten plugins – closed. Continue reading WordPress plugins – closed, abandoned and dangerous
ThreatPress published a summary of all WordPress vulnerabilities detected in the 2017 year. This beautiful info-graphic (below) gives statistical information collected from ThreatPress database of WordPress vulnerabilities and data available on such open sources like WordPress.org website.
All of the WordPress plugins that were marked as vulnerable in the 2017 year have more than seventeen million active installs. Just imagine how many sites were at potential risk. I think we’re talking about a number that exceeds five million websites. Five million!!! OK, let’s see what more do we have on this infographic.
ThreatPress 2017 year report in numbers
- 221 vulnerability added to the database of WordPress vulnerabilities compared to the 234 vulnerabilities in the 2016 year.
- 202 plugins were identified as vulnerable, 153 of them hosted on WordPress.org plugin repository.
- 5 WordPress themes were identified as vulnerable, this number could be much bigger, but it’s hard to access and check themes from premium repositories.
- The most common vulnerability type was a Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) with a SQL Injection (SQLi) on a second place and Broken Access Control on the third.
- Other quite common vulnerability types in the 2017 year were Cross-Site Request Forgery (CSRF), Arbitrary File Upload, BYPASS, Arbitrary File Download, PHP Object Injection and Local File Inclusion.
- Top five vulnerable plugins in the 2017 year (by the number of active installs according to WordPress.org data) were Yoast SEO, WooCommerce, Smush Image Compression and Optimisation, Duplicator and Loginizer.
- There were 8 WordPress security-related releases in the 2017 year.
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Email Subscribers & Newsletters WordPress plugin developed by Icegram has more than one hundred thousands active installs. Email Subscribers & Newsletters plugin is a complete newsletter solution, and you can collect leads, send automated notification emails, create and send newsletters.
Email Subscribers & Newsletters WordPress is an excellent plugin with a lot of features. However today I don’t want to discuss all the features of this plugin, I want to talk about the vulnerability that was found by ThreatPress Security company in this piece of software.
Email Subscribers & Newsletters plugin vulnerability
Recently we (ThreatPress Security) found a vulnerability in Email Subscribers & Newsletters plugin that could be easily exploited by anyone. I mean, by anyone. And the result of the successful attack is a complete list of subscribers.
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The ThreatPress project makes another step. From now ThreatPress WordPress Vulnerabilities DataBase site is online and available to anyone for free. The database contains information gathered from various open sources on the Internet. The database is constantly updatable and holds information about vulnerable WordPress versions, vulnerable WordPress plugins, and themes.
What’s inside of ThreatPress Vulnerabilities Database
The database has three content categories, WordPress, WordPress plugins and WordPress themes. WordPress category provides information about all vulnerabilities discovered in various versions of the WordPress content management system. Categories for WordPress plugins and WordPress themes give results on vulnerable versions of WordPress plugins and themes.
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