WordPress Vulnerability Report: September 2021, Part 5

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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 29, 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. 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.

    2. Page Generator

    Plugin: Page Generator 
    Vulnerability: Reflected Cross-Site Scripting
    Patched in Version: 1.5.9
    Severity Score: High

    The vulnerability is patched, so you should update to version 1.5.9.

    3. WordPress to Hootsuite

    Plugin: WordPress to Hootsuite
    Vulnerability: Reflected Cross-Site Scripting
    Patched in Version: 1.3.9
    Severity Score: High

    The vulnerability is patched, so you should update to version 1.3.9.

    4. WordPress to Buffer

    Plugin: WordPress to Buffer
    Vulnerability: Reflected Cross-Site Scripting
    Patched in Version: 3.7.5
    Severity Score: High

    The vulnerability is patched, so you should update to version 3.7.5.

    5. Gutenberg PDF Viewer Block

    Plugin: Gutenberg PDF Viewer Block 
    Vulnerability: Contributor+ Stored Cross-Site Scripting
    Patched in Version: 1.0.1
    Severity Score: Medium

    The vulnerability is patched, so you should update to version 1.0.1.

    6. YITH WooCommerce Product Add-Ons

    Plugin: YITH WooCommerce Product Add-Ons
    Vulnerability: Authenticated Local File Inclusion
    Patched in Version: 2.1.0
    Severity Score: Medium

    This vulnerability has been patched, but the plugin has been closed. You should find a replacement ASAP.

    Plugin: YITH WooCommerce Product Add-Ons
    Vulnerability: Reflected Cross-Site Scripting
    Patched in Version: 2.1.0
    Severity Score: High

    This vulnerability has been patched, but the plugin has been closed. You should find a replacement ASAP.

    7. To Top

    Plugin: To Top  
    Vulnerability: Unauthorised Plugin’s Setting Change
    Patched in Version: 2.3
    Severity Score: Medium

    The vulnerability is patched, so you should update to version 2.3.

    7. Header Enhancement

    Plugin: Header Enhancement
    Vulnerability: Unauthorised Plugin’s Setting Change
    Patched in Version: 1.5
    Severity Score: Medium

    The vulnerability is patched, so you should update to version 1.5.

    8. Generate Child Theme

    Plugin: Generate Child Theme
    Vulnerability: Unauthorised Plugin’s Setting Change
    Patched in Version: 1.6
    Severity Score: Medium

    The vulnerability is patched, so you should update to version 1.6.

    9. Essential Content Types

    Plugin: Essential Content Types
    Vulnerability: Unauthorised Plugin’s Setting Change
    Patched in Version: 1.9
    Severity Score: Medium

    The vulnerability is patched, so you should update to version 1.9.

    9. Catch Web Tools

    Plugin: Catch Web Tools 
    Vulnerability: Unauthorised Plugin’s Setting Change
    Patched in Version: 2.7
    Severity Score: Medium

    The vulnerability is patched, so you should update to version 2.7.

    10. Essential Widgets 

    Plugin: Software License Manager 
    Vulnerability: Unauthorised Plugin’s Setting Change
    Patched in Version: 1.9
    Severity Score: Medium

    The vulnerability is patched, so you should update to version 1.9.

    11. Catch Under Construction

    Plugin: Catch Under Construction 
    Vulnerability: Unauthorised Plugin’s Setting Change
    Patched in Version: 1.4
    Severity Score: Medium

    The vulnerability is patched, so you should update to version 1.4.

    12. Catch Themes Demo Import

    Plugin: Catch Themes Demo Import
    Vulnerability: Unauthorised Plugin’s Setting Change
    Patched in Version: 1.6
    Severity Score: Medium

    The vulnerability is patched, so you should update to version 1.6.

    13. Catch Sticky Menu

    Plugin: Catch Sticky Menu 
    Vulnerability: Unauthorised Plugin’s Setting Change
    Patched in Version: 1.7
    Severity Score: Medium

    The vulnerability is patched, so you should update to version 1.7.

    14. Catch Scroll Progress Bar

    Plugin: Catch Scroll Progress Bar
    Vulnerability: Unauthorised Plugin’s Setting Change
    Patched in Version: 1.6
    Severity Score: Medium

    The vulnerability is patched, so you should update to version 1.6.

    Plugin: Social Gallery and Widget
    Vulnerability: Unauthorised Plugin’s Setting Change
    Patched in Version: 2.3
    Severity Score: Medium

    The vulnerability is patched, so you should update to version 2.3.

    16. Catch Infinite Scroll

    Plugin: Catch Infinite Scroll
    Vulnerability: Unauthorised Plugin’s Setting Change
    Patched in Version: 1.9
    Severity Score: Medium

    The vulnerability is patched, so you should update to version 1.9.

    17. Catch Import Export

    Plugin: Catch Import Export 
    Vulnerability: Unauthorised Plugin’s Setting Change
    Patched in Version: 1.9
    Severity Score: Medium

    The vulnerability is patched, so you should update to version 1.9.

    Plugin: Catch Gallery 
    Vulnerability: Unauthorised Plugin’s Setting Change
    Patched in Version: 1.7
    Severity Score: Medium

    The vulnerability is patched, so you should update to version 1.7.

    19. Catch Duplicate Switcher

    Plugin: Catch Duplicate Switcher 
    Vulnerability: Unauthorised Plugin’s Setting Change
    Patched in Version: 1.6
    Severity Score: Medium

    The vulnerability is patched, so you should update to version 1.6.

    20. Catch Breadcrumb

    Plugin: Catch Breadcrumb
    Vulnerability: Unauthorised Plugin’s Setting Change
    Patched in Version: 1.7
    Severity Score: Medium

    The vulnerability is patched, so you should update to version 1.7.

    21. Catch IDs 

    Plugin: Catch IDs 
    Vulnerability: Unauthorised Plugin’s Setting Change
    Patched in Version: 2.4
    Severity Score: Medium

    The vulnerability is patched, so you should update to version 2.4.

    22. Tutor LMS

    Plugin: Tutor LMS 
    Vulnerability: Multiple Admin+ Stored Cross-Site Scripting
    Patched in Version: 1.9.9
    Severity Score: Low

    The vulnerability is patched, so you should update to version 1.9.9.

    23. WP Import Export Lite

    Plugin: WP Import Export Lite 
    Vulnerability: Subscriber+ Extensions Update
    Patched in Version: 3.9.5
    Severity Score: Medium

    The vulnerability is patched, so you should update to version 3.9.5.

    Plugin: WP Import Export Lite 
    Vulnerability: Subscriber+ Arbitrary Blog Options Update
    Patched in Version: 3.9.5
    Severity Score: Medium

    The vulnerability is patched, so you should update to version 3.9.5.

    24. One User Avatar

    Plugin: One User Avatar
    Vulnerability: Contributor+ Stored Cross-Site Scripting
    Patched in Version: 2.3.7
    Severity Score: Medium

    The vulnerability is patched, so you should update to version 2.3.7.

    Plugin: One User Avatar
    Vulnerability: Avatar Update via CSRF
    Patched in Version: 2.3.7
    Severity Score: Medium

    The vulnerability is patched, so you should update to version 2.3.7.

    25. Scroll Baner

    Plugin: Scroll Baner 
    Vulnerability: CSRF to RCE
    Patched in Version: no known fix
    Severity Score: Critical

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

    26. WP Ticket

    Plugin: WP Ticket
    Vulnerability: Admin+ Stored Cross-Site Scripting
    Patched in Version: 5.10.4
    Severity Score: Low

    The vulnerability is patched, so you should update to version 5.10.4.

    27. GamePress

    Plugin: GamePress 
    Vulnerability: Reflected Cross-Site Scripting
    Patched in Version: no known fix
    Severity Score: High

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

    28. Wechat Reward

    Plugin: Wechat Reward 
    Vulnerability: CSRF to Stored Cross-Site Scripting
    Patched in Version: no known fix
    Severity Score: High

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

    29. Sociable

    Plugin: Sociable 
    Vulnerability: Admin+ Stored Cross-Site Scripting
    Patched in Version: no known fix
    Severity Score: Low

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

    30. BetterDocs

    Plugin: BetterDocs 
    Vulnerability: Reflected Cross-Site Scripting
    Patched in Version: 1.9.2
    Severity Score: High

    The vulnerability is patched, so you should update to version 1.9.2.

    31. Multiple WooCommerce Add-Ons – multiple plugins

    Plugin: Product Filter for WooCommerce 
    Vulnerability: Low Priv Arbitrary Blog Options Update/Access/Deletion & Plugin’s Settings Update/Export/Import
    Patched in Version: 8.2.0
    Severity Score: High

    The vulnerability is patched, so you should update to version 8.2.0.

    Plugin: improved-variable-product-attributes 
    Vulnerability: Low Priv Arbitrary Blog Options Update/Access/Deletion & Plugin’s Settings Update/Export/Import
    Patched in Version: 5.3.0
    Severity Score: High

    The vulnerability is patched, so you should update to version 5.3.0.

    Plugin: improved-sale-badges 
    Vulnerability: Low Priv Arbitrary Blog Options Update/Access/Deletion & Plugin’s Settings Update/Export/Import
    Patched in Version: 4.4.0
    Severity Score: High

    The vulnerability is patched, so you should update to version 4.4.0.

    Plugin: share-print-pdf-woocommerce 
    Vulnerability: Low Priv Arbitrary Blog Options Update/Access/Deletion & Plugin’s Settings Update/Export/Import
    Patched in Version: 2.8.0
    Severity Score: High

    The vulnerability is patched, so you should update to version 2.8.0.

    Plugin: product-loops
    Vulnerability: Low Priv Arbitrary Blog Options Update/Access/Deletion & Plugin’s Settings Update/Export/Import
    Patched in Version: 1.7.0
    Severity Score: High

    The vulnerability is patched, so you should update to version 1.7.0.

    Plugin: XforWooCommerce 
    Vulnerability: Low Priv Arbitrary Blog Options Update/Access/Deletion & Plugin’s Settings Update/Export/Import
    Patched in Version: 1.7.0
    Severity Score: High

    The vulnerability is patched, so you should update to version 1.7.0.

    Plugin: package-quantity-xforwc 
    Vulnerability: Low Priv Arbitrary Blog Options Update/Access/Deletion & Plugin’s Settings Update/Export/Import
    Patched in Version: 1.2.0
    Severity Score: High

    The vulnerability is patched, so you should update to version 1.2.0.

    Plugin: price-commander-xforwc 
    Vulnerability: Low Priv Arbitrary Blog Options Update/Access/Deletion & Plugin’s Settings Update/Export/Import
    Patched in Version: 1.3.0
    Severity Score: High

    The vulnerability is patched, so you should update to version 1.3.0.

    Plugin: spam-control-xforwc 
    Vulnerability: Low Priv Arbitrary Blog Options Update/Access/Deletion & Plugin’s Settings Update/Export/Import
    Patched in Version: 1.5.0
    Severity Score: High

    The vulnerability is patched, so you should update to version 1.5.0.

    Plugin: add-tabs-xforwc 
    Vulnerability: Low Priv Arbitrary Blog Options Update/Access/Deletion & Plugin’s Settings Update/Export/Import
    Patched in Version: 1.5.0
    Severity Score: High

    The vulnerability is patched, so you should update to version 1.5.0.

    Plugin: WP Cookie Choice
    Vulnerability: CSRF to Stored Cross-Site Scripting
    Patched in Version: no known fix
    Severity Score: High

    This vulnerability has NOT been patched. This plugin has been closed as of August 2, 2021. Uninstall and delete.

    33. Easy Twitter Feed

    Plugin: Easy Twitter Feed 
    Vulnerability: Contributor+ Stored Cross-Site Scripting
    Patched in Version: 1.2
    Severity Score: Medium

    The vulnerability is patched, so you should update to version 2.4.

    34. Html5 Audio Player

    Plugin: Html5 Audio Player 
    Vulnerability: Contributor+ Stored Cross-Site Scripting
    Patched in Version: 2.1.3
    Severity Score: Medium

    The vulnerability is patched, so you should update to version 2.1.3.

    Plugin: Polo Video Gallery 
    Vulnerability: Contributor+ Stored Cross-Site Scripting
    Patched in Version: no known fix – plugin closed
    Severity Score: Medium

    This vulnerability has NOT been patched. This plugin has been closed as of July 27, 2021. Uninstall and delete.

    36. StreamCast

    Plugin: StreamCast  
    Vulnerability: Contributor+ Stored Cross-Site Scripting
    Patched in Version: 2.1.1
    Severity Score: Medium

    The vulnerability is patched, so you should update to version 2.1.1.

    37. 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.

    38. MainWP Child Reports 

    Plugin: MainWP Child Reports 
    Vulnerability: Admin+ SQL Injection
    Patched in Version: 2.0.8
    Severity Score: Medium

    The vulnerability is patched, so you should update to version 2.0.8.

    39. LearnPress

    Plugin: LearnPress
    Vulnerability: Unauthorised Plugin’s Setting Change
    Patched in Version: 4.1.3.1
    Severity Score: Low

    The vulnerability is patched, so you should update to version 4.1.3.1.

    Plugin: LearnPress
    Vulnerability: Multiple Admin+ Stored Cross-Site Scripting
    Patched in Version: 4.1.3.1
    Severity Score: Low

    The vulnerability is patched, so you should update to version 4.1.3.1.

    40. OptinMonster

    Plugin: OptinMonster 
    Vulnerability: Reflected Cross-Site Scripting (XSS)
    Patched in Version: 2.6.1
    Severity Score: Medium

    The vulnerability is patched, so you should update to version 2.6.1.

    41. Frontend Uploader

    Plugin: Frontend Uploader
    Vulnerability: Unauthenticated Stored Cross-Site Scripting
    Patched in Version: no known fix – plugin closed
    Severity Score: Medium

    This vulnerability has NOT been patched. This plugin has been closed as of July 22, 2021. Uninstall and delete.

    42. Allow REL= and HTML in Author Bios

    Plugin: Allow REL= and HTML in Author Bios – WordPress plugin | WordPress.org
    Vulnerability: Author+ Stored Cross-Site Scripting
    Patched in Version: no known fix – plugin closed
    Severity Score: Medium

    This vulnerability has NOT been patched. This plugin has been closed as of July 22, 2021. Uninstall and delete.

    43. WP HTML Author Bio

    Plugin: WP HTML Author Bio
    Vulnerability: Author+ Stored Cross-Site Scripting
    Patched in Version: no known fix – plugin closed
    Severity Score: Medium

    This vulnerability has NOT been patched. This plugin has been closed as of July 19, 2021. Uninstall and delete.

    44. jQuery Reply to Comment 

    Plugin: jQuery Reply to Comment 
    Vulnerability: CSRF to Stored Cross-Site Scripting
    Patched in Version: no known fix – plugin closed
    Severity Score: High

    This vulnerability has NOT been patched. This plugin has been closed as of July 19, 2021. Uninstall and delete.

    Plugin: Video Gallery – Vimeo and YouTube Gallery
    Vulnerability: Admin+ Stored Cross-Site Scripting
    Patched in Version: no known fix – plugin closed
    Severity Score: Low

    This vulnerability has NOT been patched. This plugin has been closed as of September 15, 2021. Uninstall and delete.

    46. Request a Quote

    Plugin: Request a Quote 
    Vulnerability: Admin+ Stored Cross-Site Scripting
    Patched in Version: 2.3.5
    Severity Score: Low

    The vulnerability is patched, so you should update to version 2.3.5.

    47. St Daily Tip

    Plugin: St Daily Tip
    Vulnerability: CSRF to Stored Cross-Site Scripting
    Patched in Version: no known fix – plugin closed
    Severity Score: High

    This vulnerability has NOT been patched. This plugin has been closed as of June 28, 2021. Uninstall and delete.

    Plugin: Advance Search 
    Vulnerability: Reflected Cross-Site Scripting
    Patched in Version: 1.1.3
    Severity Score: Medium

    The vulnerability is patched, so you should update to version 1.1.3.

    49. WP Mega Menu

    Plugin: WP Mega Menu
    Vulnerability: Subscriber+ Arbitrary Post Access
    Patched in Version: 1.4.1
    Severity Score: Medium

    The vulnerability is patched, so you should update to version 1.4.1.

    Plugin: WP Mega Menu
    Vulnerability: Unauthenticated Arbitrary Post Access
    Patched in Version: 1.4.0
    Severity Score: High

    The vulnerability is patched, so you should update to version 1.4.0.

    50. Cherry Plugin 

    Plugin: Cherry Plugin 
    Vulnerability: Unauthenticated Arbitrary File Upload and Download
    Patched in Version: 1.2.7
    Severity Score: Critical

    The vulnerability is patched, so you should update to version 1.2.7.

    51. WP Job Manager

    Plugin: WP Job Manager – WordPress plugin | WordPress.org 
    Vulnerability: Phar Deserialization
    Patched in Version: 1.31.3
    Severity Score:

    The vulnerability is patched, so you should update to version 1.31.3.

    Plugin: WP Job Manager – WordPress plugin | WordPress.org 
    Vulnerability: Unauthenticated Object Injection
    Patched in Version: 1.29.3
    Severity Score: Medium

    The vulnerability is patched, so you should update to version 1.29.3.

    Plugin: WP Job Manager – WordPress plugin | WordPress.org 
    Vulnerability: Unauthenticated Arbitrary File Upload
    Patched in Version: 1.26.2
    Severity Score: Critical

    The vulnerability is patched, so you should update to version 1.26.2.

    Plugin: WP Job Manager – WordPress plugin | WordPress.org 
    Vulnerability: Reflected Cross-Site Scripting (XSS)
    Patched in Version: 1.23.8
    Severity Score: High

    The vulnerability is patched, so you should update to version 1.23.8.

    52. WP Mobile Detector

    Plugin: WP Mobile Detector
    Vulnerability: Unauthenticated Arbitrary File Upload
    Patched in Version: 3.6
    Severity Score: Critical

    This vulnerability has been patched, but the plugin has been closed. You should find a replacement ASAP.

    53. Telefication

    Plugin: Telefication
    Vulnerability: Open Relay & Server-Side Request Forgery
    Patched in Version: no known fix – plugin closed
    Severity Score: Medium

    This vulnerability has NOT been patched. This plugin has been closed as of September 20, 2021. Uninstall and delete.

    54. Game Server Status

    Plugin: Game Server Status 
    Vulnerability: Contributor+ SQL Injection
    Patched in Version: no known fix – plugin closed
    Severity Score: High

    Plugin: Game Server Status 
    Vulnerability: Admin+ SQL Injection
    Patched in Version: no known fix – plugin closed
    Severity Score: Medium

    Plugin: Game Server Status 
    Vulnerability: Admin+ Stored Cross-Site Scripting
    Patched in Version: no known fix – plugin closed
    Severity Score: Low

    This vulnerability has NOT been patched. This plugin has been closed as of August 20, 2021. Uninstall and delete.

    55. Responsive WordPress Slider

    Plugin: Responsive WordPress Slider
    Vulnerability: Subscriber+ Stored Cross-Site Scripting
    Patched in Version: no known fix – plugin closed
    Severity Score: Critical

    Plugin: Responsive WordPress Slider
    Vulnerability: Reflected Cross-Site Scripting
    Patched in Version: no known fix – plugin closed
    Severity Score: Critical

    This vulnerability has NOT been patched. This plugin has been closed as of September 20, 2021. Uninstall and delete.

    56. Fetch Tweets 

    Plugin: Fetch Tweets 
    Vulnerability: Reflected Cross-Site Scripting
    Patched in Version: no known fix – plugin closed
    Severity Score: High

    This vulnerability has NOT been patched. This plugin has been closed as of August 9, 2021. Uninstall and delete.

    57. WooCommerce

    Plugin: WooCommerce 
    Vulnerability: Analytics Report Leaks
    Patched in Version: 5.7.0
    Severity Score: Medium

    The vulnerability is patched, so you should update to version 5.7.0.

    58. WooCommerce Admin

    Plugin: WooCommerce Admin 
    Vulnerability: Analytics Report Leaks
    Patched in Version: 2.6.0
    Severity Score: Medium

    The vulnerability is patched, so you should update to version 2.6.0.

    59. YT Player

    Plugin: YT Player
    Vulnerability: Contributor+ Stored Cross-Site Scripting
    Patched in Version: 1.4
    Severity Score: Medium

    The vulnerability is patched, so you should update to version 1.4.

    Plugin: Cookie Bar 
    Vulnerability: Admin+ Stored Cross-Site Scripting
    Patched in Version: no known fix – plugin closed
    Severity Score: Low

    This vulnerability has NOT been patched. This plugin has been closed as of August 5, 2021. Uninstall and delete.

    61. WP User Manager 

    Plugin: WP User Manager 
    Vulnerability: Arbitrary User Password Reset to Account Compromise
    Patched in Version: 2.6.3
    Severity Score: High

    The vulnerability is patched, so you should update to version 2.6.3.

    62. Easy Media Download

    Plugin: Easy Media Download
    Vulnerability: Contributor+ Stored Cross-Site Scripting
    Patched in Version: 1.1.7
    Severity Score: Medium

    The vulnerability is patched, so you should update to version 1.1.7.

    63. Ninja Forms

    Plugin: Ninja Forms 
    Vulnerability: Unprotected REST-API to Sensitive Information Disclosure
    Patched in Version: 3.5.8
    Severity Score: Medium

    The vulnerability is patched, so you should update to version 3.5.8.

    Plugin: Ninja Forms 
    Vulnerability: Unprotected REST-API to Email Injection
    Patched in Version: 3.5.8
    Severity Score: Medium

    The vulnerability is patched, so you should update to version 3.5.8.

    Plugin: Ninja Forms 
    Vulnerability: Admin+ Stored Cross-Site Scripting
    Patched in Version: 3.5.8.2
    Severity Score: Low

    The vulnerability is patched, so you should update to version 3.5.8.2.

    64. 3DPrint Lite

    Plugin: 3DPrint Lite
    Vulnerability: Unauthenticated Arbitrary File Upload
    Patched in Version: no known fix – plugin closed
    Severity Score: Critical

    This vulnerability has NOT been patched. This plugin has been closed as of September 23, 2021. Uninstall and delete.

    65. iQ Block Country 

    Plugin: iQ Block Country
    Vulnerability: Admin+ Stored Cross-Site Scripting
    Patched in Version: 1.2.12
    Severity Score: Low

    The vulnerability is patched, so you should update to version 1.2.12.

    Plugin: WordPress Popular Posts 
    Vulnerability: Admin+ Stored Cross-Site Scripting
    Patched in Version: 5.3.4
    Severity Score: Low

    The vulnerability is patched, so you should update to version 5.3.4.

    67. Custom Dashboard & Login Page

    Plugin: Custom Dashboard & Login Page
    Vulnerability: Admin+ Stored Cross-Site Scripting
    Patched in Version: 6.9.2
    Severity Score: Low

    The vulnerability is patched, so you should update to version 6.9.2.

    68. Bug Library 

    Plugin: Bug Library 
    Vulnerability: Reflected Cross-Site Scripting
    Patched in Version: 2.0.4
    Severity Score: Medium

    The vulnerability is patched, so you should update to version 2.0.4.

    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.

    site-scan-results

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