WordPress Vulnerability Roundup: February 2020, Part 1

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New WordPress plugin and theme vulnerabilities were disclosed during the first half of February, so we want to keep you aware. In this post, we cover recent WordPress plugin, theme and core vulnerabilities and what to do if you are running one of the vulnerable plugins or themes on your website.

The WordPress Vulnerability Roundup is divided into four different categories:

  1. WordPress core
  2. WordPress plugins
  3. WordPress themes

WordPress Core Vulnerabilities

There haven’t been any disclosed WordPress vulnerabilities in 2020.

WordPress Plugin Vulnerabilities

Several new WordPress plugin vulnerabilities have been discovered this month so far. Make sure to follow the suggested action below to update the plugin or completely uninstall it.

1. Elementor Page Builder

Elementor Page Builder version 2.8.4 and below have an Authenticated Reflected Cross-Site Scripting vulnerability.

The vulnerabilities have been patched, so you should update to version 2.8.5.

2. Strong Testimonials

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Strong Testimonials versions 2.40.0 and below have a Stored Cross-Site Scripting vulnerability.

The vulnerabilities have been patched, so you should update to version 2.40.0.

3. Portfolio Filter Gallery

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Portfolio Filter Gallery versions 1.1.2 and below have a Cross-Site Request Forgery vulnerability that can lead to a Reflected XSS attack.

The vulnerabilities have been patched, so you should update to version 1.1.3.

4. Tutor LMS

Tutor LMS version 1.5.2 and below are vulnerable to a Cross-Site Request Forgery attack.

The vulnerabilities have been patched, so you should update to version 1.5.3.

5. Login by Auth0

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Login by Auth0 versions 3.11.2 and below are vulnerable to an Unauthenticated Reflected XSS attack.

The vulnerabilities have been patched, so you should update to version 3.11.3.

6. Htaccess by BestWebSoft

Htaccess by BestWebSoft has a Cross-Site Request Forgery vulnerability that can lead to an attacker editing the .htaccess.

Remove the plugin, it has been closed on the WordPress.org plugin repository pending review.

7. Ultimate Membership Pro

Ultimate Membership Pro

Ultimate Membership Pro versions below 8.6.1 have multiple vulnerabilities that can lead to a low lever user performing a Remote Code Execution attack.

The vulnerabilities have been patched, so you should update to version 8.6.1.

8. Events Manager & Events Manager Pro

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Events Manager be below version 5.9.7.2 and Events Manager Pro below version 2.6.7.2 are vulnerable to a CSV Injection attack.

The vulnerabilities have been patched, and you should update to Events Manager version 5.9.7.2 and Events Manager Pro version 2.6.7.2.

9. Profile Builder and Profile Builder Pro

Profile Builder and Profile Builder Pro below version 3.1.1 have a broken authentication vulnerability, allowing unauthenticated users to register or edit their account and gain the Administrator role using the plugin’s forms

The vulnerabilities have been patched, and you should update to version 3.1.1.

10. Participants Database

Participants Database version 1.9.5.5 and below are vulnerable to an Authenticated SQL Injection attack.

The vulnerabilities have been patched, and you should update to version 1.9.5.6.

11. GDPR Cookie Consent

GDPR Cookie Consent versions 1.8.2 and below have an Improper Access Controls vulnerability that could allow a low-level user to change the status of a post or page and could lead to a Cross-Site Scripting attack.

The vulnerabilities have been patched, so you should update to version 1.8.3.

WordPress Themes

1. Reality Theme

Reality Theme versions 2.5.1 and below are vulnerable to an Unauthenticated Reflected Cross-Site Scripting attack.

The vulnerabilities have been patched, so you should update to version 2.5.2.

How to Be Proactive About WordPress Theme & Plugin Vulnerabilities

Running outdated software is the number one reason WordPress sites are hacked. It is crucial to the security of your WordPress site that you have an update routine. You should be logging into your sites at least once a week to perform updates.

Automatic Updates Can Help

Automatic updates are a great choice for WordPress websites that don’t change very often. Lack of attention often leaves these sites neglected and vulnerable to attacks. Even with recommended security settings, running vulnerable software on your site can give an attacker an entry point into your site.

Using the iThemes Security Pro plugin’s Version Management feature, you can enable automatic WordPress updates to ensure you are getting the latest security patches. These settings help protect your site with options to automatically update to new versions or to increase user security when the site’s software is outdated.

Version Management Update Options
  • WordPress Updates –Automatically install the latest WordPress release.
  • Plugin Automatic Updates – Automatically install the latest plugin updates. This should be enabled unless you actively maintain this site on a daily basis and install the updates manually shortly after they are released.
  • Theme Automatic Updates – Automatically install the latest theme updates. This should be enabled unless your theme has file customizations.
  • Granular Control over Plugin and Theme updates – You may have plugins/themes that you’d like to either manually update, or delay the update until the release has had time to prove stable. You can choose Custom for the opportunity to assign each plugin or theme to either update immediately (Enable), not update automatically at all (Disable) or update with a delay of a specified amount of days (Delay).
Strengthening and Alerting to Critical Issues
  • Strengthen Site When Running Outdated Software – Automatically add extra protections to the site when an available update has not been installed for a month. The iThemes Security plugin will automatically enable stricter security when an update has not been installed for a month. First, it will force all users that do not have two-factor enabled to provide a login code sent to their email address before logging back in. Second, it will disable the WP File Editor (to block people from editing plugin or theme code), XML-RPC pingbacks, and block multiple authentication attempts per XML-RPC request (both of which will make XML-RPC stronger against attacks without having to turn it off completely).
  • Scan for Other Old WordPress Sites – This will checks for other outdated WordPress installs on your hosting account. A single outdated WordPress site with a vulnerability could allow attackers to compromise all the other sites on the same hosting account.
  • Send Email Notifications – For issues that require intervention, an email is sent to admin-level users.

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