WordPress Vulnerability Report: September 2021, Part 4

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Vulnerable plugins and themes are the #1 reason WordPress websites get hacked. The weekly WordPress Vulnerability Report powered by WPScan covers recent WordPress plugin, theme, and core vulnerabilities, and what to do if you run one of the vulnerable plugins or themes on your website.

Each vulnerability will have a severity rating of LowMediumHigh, or Critical. Responsible disclosure and reporting of vulnerabilities is an integral part of keeping the WordPress community safe.

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Contents of the September 22, 2021 Report
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    WordPress Core Vulnerabilities

    Several WordPress core security issues were disclosed and fixed. WordPress 5.8.1 was released as a security and maintenance release. As a best practice, always be sure to run the latest version of WordPress core!

    WordPress Plugin Vulnerabilities

    In this section, the latest WordPress plugin vulnerabilities have been disclosed. Each plugin listing includes the type of vulnerability, the version number if patched, and the severity rating.

    1. WooCommerce Multi Currency 

    Plugin: WooCommerce Multi Currency
    Vulnerability: Authenticated Product Price Change
    Patched in Version: 2.1.18
    Severity Score: Medium

    The vulnerability is patched, so you should update to version 2.1.18.

    2. GeoDirectory

    Plugin: GeoDirectory
    Vulnerability: Authenticated (admin+) Stored Cross-Site Scripting (XSS)
    Patched in Version: 2.1.1.3
    Severity Score: Medium

    The vulnerability is patched, so you should update to version 2.1.1.3.

    3. Software License Manager 

    Plugin: Software License Manager 
    Vulnerability: Arbitrary Domain Deletion via CSRF
    Patched in Version: 4.5.1
    Severity Score: High

    The vulnerability is patched, so you should update to version 4.5.1.

    4. Quiz And Survey Master

    Plugin: Quiz And Survey Master
    Vulnerability: Admin+ Stored Cross-Site Scripting
    Patched in Version: 7.3.2
    Severity Score: Low

    The vulnerability is patched, so you should update to version 7.3.2.

    5. Affiliate Power

    Plugin: Affiliate Power
    Vulnerability: Reflected Cross-Site Scripting
    Patched in Version: 2.3.0
    Severity Score: High

    The vulnerability is patched, so you should update to version 2.3.0.

    6. Poll Maker

    Plugin: Poll Maker
    Vulnerability: Unauthenticated Time Based SQL Injection
    Patched in Version: 3.4.2
    Severity Score: Critical

    The vulnerability is patched, so you should update to version 3.4.2.

    7. Coming Soon and Maintenance Mode

    Plugin: Coming Soon and Maintenance Mode
    Vulnerability: Authenticated Stored XSS
    Patched in Version: 3.5.3
    Severity Score: Low

    The vulnerability is patched, so you should update to version 3.5.3.

    8.  EditorsKit

    Plugin: EditorsKit
    Vulnerability: Contributor+ Arbitrary PHP Code Execution
    Patched in Version: 1.31.6
    Severity Score: Critical

    The vulnerability is patched, so you should update to version 1.31.6.

    9. Pinterest AutomTravelpayouts

    Plugin: Travelpayouts
    Vulnerability: CSRF Bypass due to Outdated Redux Framework
    Patched in Version: 1.0.17
    Severity Score: Medium

    The vulnerability is patched, so you should update to version 1.0.17.

    10. Availability Calendar

    Plugin: Availability Calendar
    Vulnerability: Authenticated SQL Injection
    Patched in Version: 1.2.1
    Severity Score: High

    The vulnerability is patched, so you should update to version 1.2.1.

    Plugin: Availability Calendar
    Vulnerability: Authenticated Stored Cross-Site Scripting
    Patched in Version: 1.2.1
    Severity Score: Low

    The vulnerability is patched, so you should update to version 1.2.1.

    11. SEO Redirection

    Plugin: SEO Redirection
    Vulnerability: Authenticated Stored Cross-Site Scripting (XSS)
    Patched in Version: 7.1
    Severity Score: Low

    The vulnerability is patched, so you should update to version 7.1.

    Plugin: SEO Redirection
    Vulnerability: Reflected Cross-Site Scripting
    Patched in Version: 7.4
    Severity Score: High

    The vulnerability is patched, so you should update to version 7.4.

    Plugin: SEO Redirection
    Vulnerability: Arbitrary Redirect Deletion via CSRF
    Patched in Version: 7.9
    Severity Score: Medium

    The vulnerability is patched, so you should update to version 7.9.

    12. Simple Social Media Share Buttons

    Plugin: Simple Social Media Share Buttons
    Vulnerability: Authenticated Stored Cross-Site Scripting
    Patched in Version: 3.2.4
    Severity Score: Medium

    The vulnerability is patched, so you should update to version 4.14.4.

    13. Comments – wpDiscuz

    Plugin: Comments – wpDiscuz
    Vulnerability: Admin+ Stored Cross-Site Scripting
    Patched in Version: 7.3.2
    Severity Score: Low

    The vulnerability is patched, so you should update to version 7.3.2.

    14. Download from files 

    Plugin: Download from files 
    Vulnerability: Unauthenticated Arbitrary File Upload
    Patched in Version: No known fix
    Severity Score: Critical

    This vulnerability has NOT been patched. Uninstall and delete the theme until a patch is released.

    15. Support Board

    Plugin: Support Board
    Vulnerability: Multiple Unauthenticated SQL Injections
    Patched in Version: 3.3.4
    Severity Score: Critical

    The vulnerability is patched, so you should update to version 3.3.4.

    16. Find My Blocks

    Plugin: Find My Blocks
    Vulnerability: Private Post Titles Disclosure
    Patched in Version: 3.4.0
    Severity Score: Medium

    The vulnerability is patched, so you should update to version 3.4.0.

    17. Dflip Lite

    Plugin: Dflip Lite
    Vulnerability: Contributor+ Stored Cross-Site Scripting
    Patched in Version: 1.7.10
    Severity Score: Medium

    The vulnerability is patched, so you should update to version 1.7.10.

    18. Compact WP Audio Player

    Plugin: Compact WP Audio Player
    Vulnerability: Setting Change via CSRF
    Patched in Version: 1.9.7
    Severity Score: Medium

    The vulnerability is patched, so you should update to version 1.9.7.

    Plugin: Compact WP Audio Player
    Vulnerability: Contributor+ Stored Cross-Site Scripting
    Patched in Version: 1.9.7
    Severity Score: Medium

    The vulnerability is patched, so you should update to version 1.9.7.

    19. Shared Files

    Plugin: Shared Files
    Vulnerability: Admin+ Stored Cross-Site Scripting
    Patched in Version: 1.6.57
    Severity Score: Low

    The vulnerability is patched, so you should update to version 1.6.57.

    20. 4k-icon-fonts-for-visual-composer

    Plugin: 4k-icon-fonts-for-visual-composer
    Vulnerability: Reflected Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) – Titan Framework
    Patched in Version: no known fix
    Severity Score: High

    This vulnerability has NOT been patched. Uninstall and delete the theme until a patch is released.

    21. Ad Blocker Notify Lite

    Plugin: Ad Blocker Notify Lite
    Vulnerability: Reflected Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) – Titan Framework
    Patched in Version: no known fix
    Severity Score: High

    This vulnerability has NOT been patched. Uninstall and delete the theme until a patch is released.

    22. affiliate-pro 

    Plugin: affiliate-pro 
    Vulnerability: Reflected Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) – Titan Framework
    Patched in Version: no known fix
    Severity Score: High

    This vulnerability has NOT been patched. Uninstall and delete the theme until a patch is released.

    21. AMP extensions 

    Plugin: AMP extensions 
    Vulnerability: Reflected Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) – Titan Framework
    Patched in Version: no known fix
    Severity Score: High

    This vulnerability has NOT been patched. Uninstall and delete the theme until a patch is released.

    22. Aoi Tori

    Plugin: Aoi Tori
    Vulnerability: Reflected Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) – Titan Framework
    Patched in Version: no known fix
    Severity Score: High

    This vulnerability has NOT been patched. Uninstall and delete the theme until a patch is released.

    23. Awesome Support – WordPress HelpDesk & Support Plugin 

    Plugin: Awesome Support – WordPress HelpDesk & Support Plugin 
    Vulnerability: Reflected Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) – Titan Framework
    Patched in Version: no known fix
    Severity Score: High

    This vulnerability has NOT been patched. Uninstall and delete the theme until a patch is released.

    24. betteroptin

    Plugin: betteroptin
    Vulnerability: Reflected Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) – Titan Framework
    Patched in Version: no known fix
    Severity Score: High

    This vulnerability has NOT been patched. Uninstall and delete the theme until a patch is released.

    25. Border Loading Bar

    Plugin: Border Loading Bar
    Vulnerability: Reflected Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) – Titan Framework
    Patched in Version: no known fix
    Severity Score: High

    This vulnerability has NOT been patched. Uninstall and delete the theme until a patch is released.

    26. Catchers Helpdesk and Ticket system for Support 

    Plugin: Catchers Helpdesk and Ticket system for Support 
    Vulnerability: Reflected Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) – Titan Framework
    Patched in Version: no known fix
    Severity Score: High

    This vulnerability has NOT been patched. Uninstall and delete the theme until a patch is released.

    Plugin: Bootstrap Categories Gallery 
    Vulnerability: Reflected Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) – Titan Framework
    Patched in Version: no known fix
    Severity Score: High

    This vulnerability has NOT been patched. Uninstall and delete the theme until a patch is released.

    Plugin: Woocommerce Categories in gallery format
    Vulnerability: Reflected Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) – Titan Framework
    Patched in Version: no known fix
    Severity Score: High

    This vulnerability has NOT been patched. Uninstall and delete the theme until a patch is released.

    29. WordPress Form Customizer | CF7 Customizer

    Plugin: WordPress Form Customizer | CF7 Customizer
    Vulnerability: Reflected Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) – Titan Framework
    Patched in Version: no known fix
    Severity Score: High

    This vulnerability has NOT been patched. Uninstall and delete the theme until a patch is released.

    30. ClinicalWP Core

    Plugin: ClinicalWP Core
    Vulnerability: Reflected Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) – Titan Framework
    Patched in Version: no known fix
    Severity Score: High

    This vulnerability has NOT been patched. Uninstall and delete the theme until a patch is released.

    31. Facebook Page Feed Timeline

    Plugin: Facebook Page Feed Timeline
    Vulnerability: Reflected Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) – Titan Framework
    Patched in Version: no known fix
    Severity Score: High

    This vulnerability has NOT been patched. Uninstall and delete the theme until a patch is released.

    32. Custom Scrollbar Designer

    Plugin: Custom Scrollbar Designer
    Vulnerability: Reflected Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) – Titan Framework
    Patched in Version: no known fix
    Severity Score: High

    This vulnerability has NOT been patched. Uninstall and delete the theme until a patch is released.

    33. Custom Text Selection Colors

    Plugin: Custom Text Selection Colors
    Vulnerability: Reflected Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) – Titan Framework
    Patched in Version: no known fix
    Severity Score: High

    This vulnerability has NOT been patched. Uninstall and delete the theme until a patch is released.

    34. Disable Image Right Click 

    Plugin: Disable Image Right Click 
    Vulnerability: Reflected Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) – Titan Framework
    Patched in Version: no known fix
    Severity Score: High

    This vulnerability has NOT been patched. Uninstall and delete the theme until a patch is released.

    Plugin: Easy Gallery Slideshow
    Vulnerability: Reflected Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) – Titan Framework
    Patched in Version: no known fix
    Severity Score: High

    This vulnerability has NOT been patched. Uninstall and delete the theme until a patch is released.

    36. Easy Google Map

    Plugin: Easy Google Map
    Vulnerability: Reflected Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) – Titan Framework
    Patched in Version: no known fix
    Severity Score: High

    This vulnerability has NOT been patched. Uninstall and delete the theme until a patch is released.

    Plugin: Easy Justified Gallery
    Vulnerability: Reflected Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) – Titan Framework
    Patched in Version: no known fix
    Severity Score: High

    This vulnerability has NOT been patched. Uninstall and delete the theme until a patch is released.

    38. Share Posts To Email

    Plugin: Share Posts To Email
    Vulnerability: Reflected Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) – Titan Framework
    Patched in Version: no known fix
    Severity Score: High

    This vulnerability has NOT been patched. Uninstall and delete the theme until a patch is released.

    39. Exit Popup Show

    Plugin: Exit Popup Show
    Vulnerability: Reflected Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) – Titan Framework
    Patched in Version: no known fix
    Severity Score: High

    This vulnerability has NOT been patched. Uninstall and delete the theme until a patch is released.

    40. Flight Search Widget and Blocks

    Plugin: Flight Search Widget and Blocks
    Vulnerability: Reflected Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) – Titan Framework
    Patched in Version: no known fix
    Severity Score: High

    This vulnerability has NOT been patched. Uninstall and delete the theme until a patch is released.

    Plugin: Icons with Links Widget 
    Vulnerability: Reflected Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) – Titan Framework
    Patched in Version: no known fix
    Severity Score: High

    This vulnerability has NOT been patched. Uninstall and delete the theme until a patch is released.

    42. ICustomizer

    Plugin: ICustomizer
    Vulnerability: Reflected Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) – Titan Framework
    Patched in Version: no known fix
    Severity Score: High

    This vulnerability has NOT been patched. Uninstall and delete the theme until a patch is released.

    43. Live Chat for Fanpage 

    Plugin: Live Chat for Fanpage
    Vulnerability: Reflected Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) – Titan Framework
    Patched in Version: no known fix
    Severity Score: High

    This vulnerability has NOT been patched. Uninstall and delete the theme until a patch is released.

    44. Media Mirror

    Plugin: Media Mirror
    Vulnerability: Reflected Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) – Titan Framework
    Patched in Version: no known fix
    Severity Score: High

    This vulnerability has NOT been patched. Uninstall and delete the theme until a patch is released.

    45. WP Mobile Menu – The Mobile-Friendly Responsive Menu

    Plugin: WP Mobile Menu – The Mobile-Friendly Responsive Menu
    Vulnerability: Reflected Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) – Titan Framework
    Patched in Version: 2.8.2.3
    Severity Score: High

    The vulnerability is patched, so you should update to version 2.8.2.3.

    46. Popup Modal For Youtube 

    Plugin: Popup Modal For Youtube 
    Vulnerability: Reflected Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) – Titan Framework
    Patched in Version: no known fix
    Severity Score: High

    This vulnerability has NOT been patched. Uninstall and delete the theme until a patch is released.

    47. Project2App – Turn Your WordPress Site into an Android App 

    Plugin: Project2App – Turn Your WordPress Site into an Android App 
    Vulnerability: Reflected Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) – Titan Framework
    Patched in Version: no known fix
    Severity Score: High

    This vulnerability has NOT been patched. Uninstall and delete the theme until a patch is released.

    48. Seatgeek Affiliate Tickets

    Plugin: Seatgeek Affiliate Tickets
    Vulnerability: Reflected Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) – Titan Framework
    Patched in Version: no known fix
    Severity Score: High

    This vulnerability has NOT been patched. Uninstall and delete the theme until a patch is released.

    49. SEO-Dashboard by gutewebsites.de 

    Plugin: SEO-Dashboard by gutewebsites.de 
    Vulnerability: Reflected Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) – Titan Framework
    Patched in Version: no known fix
    Severity Score: High

    This vulnerability has NOT been patched. Uninstall and delete the theme until a patch is released.

    50. Share Woocommerce to Email

    Plugin: Share Woocommerce to Email
    Vulnerability: Reflected Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) – Titan Framework
    Patched in Version: no known fix
    Severity Score: High

    This vulnerability has NOT been patched. Uninstall and delete the theme until a patch is released.

    51. Simple Behance Portfolio

    Plugin: Simple Behance Portfolio
    Vulnerability: Reflected Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) – Titan Framework
    Patched in Version: no known fix
    Severity Score: High

    This vulnerability has NOT been patched. Uninstall and delete the theme until a patch is released.

    52. Stars Menu

    Plugin: Stars Menu
    Vulnerability: Reflected Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) – Titan Framework
    Patched in Version: no known fix
    Severity Score: High

    This vulnerability has NOT been patched. Uninstall and delete the theme until a patch is released.

    53. Station Pro Plugin

    Plugin: Station Pro Plugin
    Vulnerability: Reflected Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) – Titan Framework
    Patched in Version: 2.2.2
    Severity Score: High

    The vulnerability is patched, so you should update to version 2.2.2.

    Plugin: Sticky Related Posts
    Vulnerability: Reflected Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) – Titan Framework
    Patched in Version: no known fix
    Severity Score: High

    This vulnerability has NOT been patched. Uninstall and delete the theme until a patch is released.

    55. tcS3

    Plugin: tcS3
    Vulnerability: Reflected Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) – Titan Framework
    Patched in Version: no known fix
    Severity Score: High

    This vulnerability has NOT been patched. Uninstall and delete the theme until a patch is released.

    56. Events Shortcodes For The Events Calendar

    Plugin: Events Shortcodes For The Events Calendar
    Vulnerability: Reflected Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) – Titan Framework
    Patched in Version: 1.7.2
    Severity Score: High

    The vulnerability is patched, so you should update to version 1.7.2.

    57. Titan Framework

    Plugin: Titan Framework
    Vulnerability: Reflected Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) – Titan Framework
    Patched in Version: no known fix
    Severity Score: High

    This vulnerability has NOT been patched. Uninstall and delete the theme until a patch is released.

    58. Total Sales For Woocommerce

    Plugin: Total Sales For Woocommerce
    Vulnerability: Reflected Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) – Titan Framework
    Patched in Version: no known fix
    Severity Score: High

    This vulnerability has NOT been patched. Uninstall and delete the theme until a patch is released.

    59. tr-easy-google-analytics

    Plugin: tr-easy-google-analytics
    Vulnerability: Reflected Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) – Titan Framework
    Patched in Version: no known fix
    Severity Score: High

    This vulnerability has NOT been patched. Uninstall and delete the theme until a patch is released.

    60. Venture Event Manager

    Plugin: Venture Event Manager
    Vulnerability: Reflected Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) – Titan Framework
    Patched in Version: 3.2.5
    Severity Score: High

    The vulnerability is patched, so you should update to version 3.2.5.

    61. W3SCloud Contact Form 7 to Zoho CRM

    Plugin: W3SCloud Contact Form 7 to Zoho CRM
    Vulnerability: Reflected Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) – Titan Framework
    Patched in Version: 2.1.0
    Severity Score: High

    The vulnerability is patched, so you should update to version 2.1.0.

    62. WebHotelier for WordPress

    Plugin: WebHotelier for WordPress
    Vulnerability: Reflected Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) – Titan Framework
    Patched in Version: no known fix
    Severity Score: High

    This vulnerability has NOT been patched. Uninstall and delete the theme until a patch is released.

    63. Product Limited Time Availability Date for woocommerce

    Plugin: Product Limited Time Availability Date for woocommerce
    Vulnerability: Reflected Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) – Titan Framework
    Patched in Version: no known fix
    Severity Score: High

    This vulnerability has NOT been patched. Uninstall and delete the theme until a patch is released.

    64. Request Quote via Whatsapp for Woocommerce

    Plugin: Request Quote via Whatsapp for Woocommerce
    Vulnerability: Reflected Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) – Titan Framework
    Patched in Version: no known fix
    Severity Score: High

    This vulnerability has NOT been patched. Uninstall and delete the theme until a patch is released.

    65. Woosaleskit Bar

    Plugin: Woosaleskit Bar
    Vulnerability: Reflected Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) – Titan Framework
    Patched in Version: no known fix
    Severity Score: High

    This vulnerability has NOT been patched. Uninstall and delete the theme until a patch is released.

    66. Yandex Money button

    Plugin: Yandex Money button
    Vulnerability: Reflected Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) – Titan Framework
    Patched in Version: no known fix
    Severity Score: High

    This vulnerability has NOT been patched. Uninstall and delete the theme until a patch is released.

    67. PlanSo Forms

    Plugin: PlanSo Forms
    Vulnerability: Authenticated Stored Cross-Site Scripting
    Patched in Version: no known fix
    Severity Score: Low

    This vulnerability has NOT been patched. Uninstall and delete the theme until a patch is released.

    68. Advanced Menu Manager

    Plugin: Advanced Menu Manager
    Vulnerability: Unauthorised Menu Edition via CSRF
    Patched in Version: 3.0
    Severity Score: Medium

    The vulnerability is patched, so you should update to version 3.0.

    Plugin: Advanced Menu Manager
    Vulnerability: Unauthorised Menu Creation/Deletion
    Patched in Version: no known fix
    Severity Score: Medium

    This vulnerability has NOT been patched. Uninstall and delete the theme until a patch is released.

    69. Shopping Cart & eCommerce Store

    Plugin: Shopping Cart & eCommerce Store
    Vulnerability: CSRF to Stored Cross-Site Scripting
    Patched in Version: 5.1.1
    Severity Score: High

    The vulnerability is patched, so you should update to version 5.1.1.

    70. PDF Light Viewer 

    Plugin: PDF Light Viewer
    Vulnerability: Authenticated Command Injection
    Patched in Version: 1.4.12
    Severity Score: Low

    The vulnerability is patched, so you should update to version 1.4.12.

    71. Podcast Subscribe Buttons 

    Plugin: Podcast Subscribe Buttons 
    Vulnerability: Contributor+ Stored XSS
    Patched in Version: 1.4.2
    Severity Score: Medium

    The vulnerability is patched, so you should update to version 1.4.2.

    72. On Page SEO + Whatsapp Chat Button

    Plugin: On Page SEO + Whatsapp Chat Button
    Vulnerability: Reflected Cross-Site Scripting
    Patched in Version: 1.0.2
    Severity Score: Medium

    The vulnerability is patched, so you should update to version 1.0.2.

    73. eID Easy

    Plugin: eID Easy
    Vulnerability: Reflected Cross-Site Scripting
    Patched in Version: 4.7
    Severity Score: Medium

    The vulnerability is patched, so you should update to version 4.7.

    74. BulletProof Security

    Plugin: BulletProof Security
    Vulnerability: Sensitive Information Disclosure
    Patched in Version: 5.2
    Severity Score: Medium

    The vulnerability is patched, so you should update to version 5.2.

    WordPress Theme Vulnerabilities

    1. Avada

    Theme: Avada
    Vulnerability: Reflected Cross-Site Scripting
    Patched in Version: 7.4.2
    Severity Score: Medium

    The vulnerability is patched, so you should update to version 7.4.2.

    Theme: Avada
    Vulnerability: Stored Cross-Site Scripting
    Patched in Version: 7.4.2
    Severity Score:

    The vulnerability is patched, so you should update to version 7.4.2.

    A Note on Responsible Disclosure

    You might be wondering why a vulnerability would be disclosed if it gives hackers an exploit to attack. Well, it is very common for a security researcher to find and privately report the vulnerability to the software developer.

    With responsible disclosure, the researcher’s initial report is made privately to the developers of the company that owns the software, but with an agreement that the full details will be published once a patch has been made available. For significant security vulnerabilities, there may be a slight delay in disclosing the vulnerability to give more people time to patch.

    The security researcher may provide a deadline for the software developer to respond to the report or to provide a patch. If this deadline is not met, then the researcher may publicly disclose the vulnerability to put pressure on the developer to issue a patch.

    Publicly disclosing a vulnerability and seemingly introducing a Zero-Day vulnerability–a type of vulnerability that has no patch and is being exploited in the wild– may seem counterproductive. But, it is the only leverage that a researcher has to pressure the developer to patch the vulnerability.

    If a hacker were to discover the vulnerability, they could quietly use the Exploit and cause damage to the end-user(this is you), while the software developer remains content on leaving the vulnerability unpatched. Google’s Project Zero has similar guidelines when it comes to disclosing vulnerabilities. They publish the full details of the vulnerability after 90 days whether or not the vulnerability has been patched.

    How to Protect Your WordPress Website From Vulnerable Plugins and Themes

    As you can see from this report, lots of new WordPress plugin and theme vulnerabilities are disclosed each week. We know it can be difficult to stay on top of every reported vulnerability disclosure, so the iThemes Security Pro plugin makes it easy to make sure your site isn’t running a theme, plugin or WordPress core version with a known vulnerability.

    1. Turn on the iThemes Security Pro Site Scanner

    The iThemes Security Pro plugin’s Site Scanner scans for the #1 reason WordPress sites get hacked: outdated plugins and themes with known vulnerabilities. The Site Scanner checks your site for known vulnerabilities and automatically applies a patch if one is available.

    To enable the Site Scan on new installs, navigate to the Site Check tab on the Features menu inside the plugin and click the toggle to enable the Site Scan.

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    To trigger a manual Site Scan, click the Scan Now button on the Site Scan Security Dashboard card.

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    If the Site Scan detects a vulnerability, click the vulnerability link to view the details page.

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    On the Site Scan vulnerability page, you will see if there is a fix available for the vulnerability. If there is a patch available, you can click the Update Plugin button to apply the fix on your website.

    2. Turn on Version Management to Auto Update if Fixes Vulnerability

    The Version Management feature in iThemes Security Pro integrates with the Site Scan to protect your site when outdated software is not updated quickly enough. Even the strongest security measures will fail if you are running vulnerable software on your website. These settings help protect your site with options to update to new versions automatically if a known vulnerability exists and a patch is available.

    From the Settings page in iThemes Security Pro, navigate to the Features screen. Click the Site Check tab. From here, use the toggle to enable Version Management. Using the settings gear, you can configure even more settings, including how you want iThemes Security Pro to handle updates to WordPress, plugins, themes, and additional protection.

    Make sure to select Auto Update if it Fixes a Vulnerability box so that iThemes Security Pro will automatically update a plugin or theme if it fixes a vulnerability that was found by the Site Scanner.

    iThemes Security Pro version management

    3. Get an Email Alert When iThemes Security Pro Finds a Known Vulnerability On Your Site

    Once you’ve enabled Site Scan Scheduling, head to the Notification Center settings of the plugin. On this screen, scroll to the Site Scan Results section.

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    Click the box to enable the notification email and then click the Save Settings button.

    Now, during any scheduled site scans, you’ll get an email if iThemes Security Pro discovers any known vulnerabilities. The email will look something like this.

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