WordPress Vulnerability Report: June 2021, Part 1

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. Please share this post with your friends to help get the word out and make WordPress safer for everyone.

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WordPress Core Vulnerabilities

As of today, the current version of WordPress is 5.7.2. Be sure to make sure all your websites are up to date!

Good news! No new WordPress core vulnerabilities have been disclosed in June 2021.

WordPress Plugin Vulnerabilities

This section of the report covers vulnerabilities recently disclosed in WordPress plugins. Each plugin listed here includes patched version information, along with severity information of the vulnerability. Finally, you’ll see a status message if the vulnerability has been patched and whether you should update or uninstall/delete the plugin.

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1. iFlyChat

Plugin: iFlyChat
Vulnerability: Authenticated Stored Cross-Site Scripting
Patched in Version: No known fix
Severity: Medium

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

2. Easy Preloader

Plugin: Easy Preloader
Vulnerability: Authenticated Stored Cross-Site Scripting
Patched in Version: No known fix
Severity Score: Medium

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

3. SP Project & Document Manager

Plugin: SP Project & Document Manager
Vulnerability: Authenticated Shell Upload
Patched in Version: No known fix
Severity Score: Medium

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

Plugin: Cookie Law Bar
Vulnerability: Authenticated Stored Cross-Site Scripting
Patched in Version: No known fix
Severity Score: Medium

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

5. Multivendor Marketplace Solution for WooCommerce

Plugin: Multivendor Marketplace Solution for WooCommerce
Vulnerability: Unauthenticated Arbitrary Product Comment
Patched in Version: 3.7.4
Severity Score: Medium

The vulnerability is patched, so you should update to version 3.7.4+.

Plugin: Gallery From Files
Vulnerability: Unauthenticated RCE
Patched in Version: No known fix 
Severity Score: Critical

Plugin: Gallery From Files
Vulnerability: Reflected Cross-Site Scripting
Patched in Version: No known fix 
Severity Score: Medium

This vulnerability has NOT been patched. Uninstall and delete the plugin until a patch is released.
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Plugin: Simple 301 Redirects by BetterLinks
Vulnerability: Unauthenticated Redirect Export
Patched in Version: 2.0.4
Severity Score: Critical

Plugin: Simple 301 Redirects by BetterLinks
Vulnerability: Unauthenticated Redirect Import
Patched in Version: 2.0.4
Severity Score: Critical

Plugin: Simple 301 Redirects by BetterLinks
Vulnerability: Arbitrary Plugin Installation
Patched in Version: 2.0.4
Severity Score: High

Plugin: Simple 301 Redirects by BetterLinks
Vulnerability: Update and Retrieve Wildcard Value
Patched in Version: 2.0.4
Severity Score: Medium

Plugin: Simple 301 Redirects by BetterLinks
Vulnerability: Arbitrary Plugin Activation
Patched in Version: 2.0.4
Severity Score: High

The vulnerabilities have been patched, so you should update to version 2.0.4+.

8. Visitors

Plugin: Visitors
Vulnerability: Unauthenticated 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.

9. Sendit WP Newsletter

Plugin: Sendit WP Newsletter
Vulnerability: Authenticated SQL Injection
Patched in Version: No known fix
Severity Score: Medium

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

10. Side Menu 

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Plugin: Side Menu 
Vulnerability: Authenticated SQL Injection
Patched in Version: 3.1.5
Severity Score: High

The vulnerability is patched, so you should update to version 3.1.5+.

11. Xllentech English Islamic Calendar

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Plugin: Xllentech English Islamic Calendar
Vulnerability: Authenticated SQL Injection
Patched in Version: 2.6.8
Severity Score: Medium

The vulnerability is patched, so you should update to version 2.6.8+.

12. NinjaFirewall

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Plugin: NinjaFirewall
Vulnerability: Authenticated PHAR Deserialization
Patched in Version: 4.3.4
Severity Score: Low

The vulnerability is patched, so you should update to version 4.3.4+.

WordPress Theme Vulnerabilities

This section of the report covers vulnerabilities recently disclosed in WordPress themes. Each plugin listed here includes patched version information, along with severity information of the vulnerability. Finally, you’ll see a status message if the vulnerability has been patched and whether you should update or uninstall/delete the theme.

1. JNews

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Theme: JNews
Vulnerability: Reflected Cross-Site Scripting
Patched in Version: 8.0.6
Severity: Medium

The vulnerability is patched, so you should update to version 8.0.6+.

2. CityBook

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Theme: CityBook
Vulnerability: Unauthenticated Reflected Cross-Site Scripting (XSS)
Patched in Version: 2.4.4
Severity Score: High

The vulnerability is patched, so you should update to version 2.4.4+.

A Note on Responsible Disclosure of WordPress Vulnerabilities

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

The iThemes Security Pro plugin’s Site Scanner is another way to secure and protect your WordPress website from the number one cause of all software hacks: 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.

The 3 Types of WordPress Vulnerabilities Checked

  1. WordPress Vulnerabilities
  2. Plugin Vulnerabilities
  3. Theme Vulnerabilities

To enable the Site Scan on new installs, navigate to the iThemes Security Pro settings and click the Enable button on the Site Scan settings module.

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To trigger a manual Site Scan, click the Scan Now button on the Site Scan Widget located on the right side-bar of the security settings.

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The Site Scan results will display in the widget.

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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.

There can be a delay between when a patch is available and the iThemes Security Vulnerability Database getting updated to reflect the fix. In this case, you can mute the notification to not receive any more alerts related to the vulnerability.

Important: You should not mute a vulnerability notification until you have confirmed your current version includes a security fix, or the vulnerability doesn’t affect your site.

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

The iThemes Security Pro plugin can email you the results of a Site Scan if it finds vulnerable plugins, themes, or WordPress core version 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, you’ll get an email if iThemes Security Pro discovers any known vulnerabilities. The email will look something like this.

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