Website Security Heads Up for May!

Jun 1, 2020 | Security - Internet, WordPress, and otherwise

website-security-heads-up-for-may Website Security Heads Up for May!

The pandemic has dramatically impacted the status of vulnerabilities for all of the major content management systems, like Joomla, Magento, and WordPress.

Hackers stuck at home with nothing to do but “code” have been wreaking havoc on the community of website management scripts, especially WordPress.

Luckily plugin and theme developers have likewise been “available” and most of the exploits listed below have patches in place now.

Sadly, the patches came too late for many. There has been a steady increase in privilege escalation hacks (where hackers gain access to lower-level user roles such as “Subscriber” to do their evil deeds).

Suffice it to say there is enough evidence to demonstrate that allowing subscribers to subscribe without any management oversight and not doing a reasonable amount of due diligence before installing a new plugin is a long term receipt for disaster.

Below is a shortlist of WordPress related plugins and theme whose code have been exploited in some way during the month of May (list credit to the WPScan Team).


Add-on SweetAlert Contact Form 7 < 1.0.8 – Authenticated Stored Cross-Site Scripting (XSS)

Advanced Order Export For WooCommerce < 3.1.4 – Authenticated Cross-Site Scripting (XSS)

Ajax Load More < 5.3.2 – Authenticated SQL Injection

bbPress < 2.6.5 – Authenticated Stored Cross-Site Scripting via the forums list table

bbPress < 2.6.5 – Unauthenticated Privilege Escalation when New User Registration enabled

bbPress 2.6-2.6.5 – Authenticated Privilege Escalation via the Super Moderator feature

Chopslider <= 3.4 – Unauthenticated Blind SQL Injection

Drag and Drop Multiple File Upload for Contact Form 7 < – Unauthenticated File Upload Bypass

Easy Testimonials < 3.6 – Authenticated Stored Cross-Site Scripting (XSS)

Elementor < 2.9.8 – SVG Sanitizer Bypass leading to Authenticated Stored XSS

Elementor Pro < 2.9.4 – Authenticated Arbitrary File Upload

Final Tiles Gallery < 3.4.19 – Authenticated Stored Cross-Site Scripting (XSS)

Form Maker by 10Web <= 1.13.35 – Authenticated SQL Injection

Iframe < 4.5 – Authenticated Stored Cross Site Scripting (XSS)

Login/Signup Popup < 1.5 – Authenticated Stored Cross-Site Scripting (XSS)

MapPress Maps < 2.54.6 – Improper Capability Checks in AJAX Calls

Multi Scheduler <= 1.0.0 – Arbitrary Record Deletion via CSRF

Official MailerLite Sign Up Forms < 1.4.4 – Unauthenticated SQL Injection

Official MailerLite Sign Up Forms < 1.4.5 – Multiple CSRF Issues

Page Builder by SiteOrigin < 2.10.16 – CSRF to Reflected Cross-Site Scripting (XSS)

Page Builder: PageLayer – Drag and Drop website builder < 1.1.2 – CSRF leading to XSS

Page Builder: PageLayer – Drag and Drop website builder < 1.1.2 – Unprotected AJAX’s leading to XSS

Paid Memberships Pro < 2.3.3 – Authenticated SQL Injection

Photo Gallery by 10Web < 1.5.55 – Unauthenticated SQL Injection

Site Kit by Google < 1.8.0 – Privilege Escalation to gain Search Console Access

Team Members < 5.0.4 – Authenticated Stored Cross-Site Scripting (XSS)

ThirstyAffiliates < 3.9.3 – Authenticated Stored XSS

Ultimate Addons for Elementor < 1.24.2 – Registration Bypass

Visual Composer < 27.0 – Multiple Authenticated Cross-Site Scripting Issues

WooCommerce < 4.1.0 – Unescaped Metadata when Duplicating Products

WordPress Theme Vulnerabilities

WP Frontend Profile < 1.2.2 – CSRF Check Incorrectly Implemented

WP Product Review < 3.7.6 – Unauthenticated Stored Cross-Site Scripting (XSS)

WTI Like Post <= 1.4.5 – Authenticated Stored Cross-Site Scripting (XSS)


Avada < 6.2.3 – Missing Permission Checks leading to Arbitrary Post Creation, Edition, Deletion and Stored XSS

Be sure to double-check whether your site is using any of the above plugins. And if so, please consider updating them soonest.

* Yes, service client’s plugins have all been fully updated to the latest version respectively.



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