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WMS 003: June WordPress Vulnerabilities

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Welcome to episode three of Websites Made Simple! 

In this episode I cover June 2020 WordPress Core, plugin, and theme security vulnerabilities. Each one we talk about is classified as Critical, High, Medium, or Low risks. And lastly, I will let you know if the issues have been resolved and whether or not you should update to the latest release. 

A must listen if you want the latest information on security issues that could be placing your website at risk.

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You'll Learn

Resources

Links To Plugins, Themes, and Vulnerabilities

Drag and Drop Multiple File Upload for Contact Form 7Critical

  • Drag and Drop Multiple File Uploader is a simple, straightforward WordPress plugin extension for Contact Form7, which allows the user to upload multiple files using the drag-and-drop feature or the common browse-file of your web form.
  • Security issue is that in some cases an unauthenticated file upload could occur.
  • The vulnerability is patched, and you should update to version 1.3.3.3

MapPress MapsCritical

  • MapPress adds interactive Google or Leaflet maps to WordPress
  • This vulnerability enables an attacker with subscriber privileges on your website to download or delete arbitrary files or upload arbitrary malicious files
  • The vulnerability is patched, and you should update to version 2.54.6

Image Photo Gallery Final Tiles GridCritical

  • Image Gallery + Photo Gallery + Portfolio Gallery + Tiled Gallery in 1 plugin. Includes lightbox and hover effects. It supports Pinterest (masonry) photo gallery and tiled grid gallery
  • Like WordPress Core this is another XSS issue
  • The vulnerability is patched, and you should update to version 3.4.19

bbPressCritical

  • Streamlined discussion board, bbPress is easy to integrate, easy to use, and is built to scale with your growing community to create a forum
  • bbPress versions below 2.6.5 have an Unauthenticated Privilege Escalation vulnerability when New User Registration enabled.
    • This means when a new user registers on your forum they could have higher permissions than intended
  • The vulnerability is patched, and you should update to version 2.6.5

Page Builder: PageLayer – Drag and Drop website builder – High

  • With about 200,000 active installs this page builder is not used that much however, it does allow users to create web pages without knowing any code
  • One more XSS issue this month falls onto this plugin
  • The vulnerability is patched, and you should update to version 1.1.2

Multi SchedulerHigh

  • The issue here is that under certain circumstances the forms it uses could allow a hacker to delete users if the specific ID of that user is known
  • As of the time of this recording, the plugin has temporarily been removed from wordpress.org and is no longer available for download
  • Users should deactivate and uninstall this plugin immediately and await a new version release 

JobSearchHigh

  • Straight forward plugin that allows you a simple solution to display jobs on any type of website
  • Another XSS vulnerability
  • The vulnerability is patched, and you should update to version 1.5.1.

Elementor Page BuilderHigh

  • My favorite page builder that has over 5 million active installs
  • Like others this month and the otherwise common XSS issue strikes Elementor as well this month
  • The vulnerability is patched, and you should update to version 2.9.10

SportsPressHigh

  • Transform your WordPress into a fully configurable team, club, or league website
  • And one more XSS issue to round out our plugins this month
  • The vulnerability is patched, and you should update to version 2.7.2

AdRotateMedium

  • Allows you to manage all your adverts from the WP dashboard
  • Certain URLs passing variables can be exploited in one way or another – just means that in certain cases if your site is passing certain information through the URL then you could be at risk
  • Developer states they are not aware of any uses of this vulnerability but does recommend updating
  • The vulnerability is patched, and you should update to version 5.8.4.

CareerfyHigh

  • Careerfy – Job Board WordPress theme brings you a simple solution to display jobs on any type of websites job board
  • This theme has a reported XSS issue this month
  • The vulnerability is patched, and you should update to version 3.9.0

NewspaperHigh

  • This theme does what you would expect and helps create a news website with our a newspaper template
  • This theme also has a XSS issue
  • The vulnerability is patched, and you should update to version 10.3.4

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