New WordPress plugin and theme vulnerabilities were disclosed during the second half of February. This post covers the recent WordPress plugin, theme, and core vulnerabilities and what to do if you run one of the vulnerable plugins or themes on your website.

The WordPress Vulnerability Roundup is divided into three different categories: WordPress core, WordPress plugins, and WordPress themes.

Each vulnerability will have a severity rating of LowMediumHigh, or Critical. The severity ratings are based on the Common Vulnerability Scoring System.

In the February, Part 2 Report

WordPress Core Vulnerabilities

However, WordPress version 5.6.2 was released to fix a few bugs introduced in WordPress version 5.6.1.

WordPress Plugin Vulnerabilities

1. Post SMTP Mailer/Email Log

Vulnerability: CSRF Nonce Bypass
Patched in Version: 2.0.21
Severity: Medium – CVSS:3.1/AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:R/S:U/C:L/I:N/A:N

WordPress Theme Vulnerabilities

No new theme vulnerabilities have been disclosed this month.

February Security Tip: Why You Should Be Logging Website Security Activity

Security logging should be an essential part of your WordPress security strategy. Why?

Insufficient logging and monitoring can lead to a delay in the detection of a security breach. Most breach studies show that the time to detect a breach is over 200 days!

That amount of time allows an attacker to breach other systems, modify, steal, or destroy more data. For this reason, “insufficient logging” landed on the OWASP top 10 of web application security risks.

WordPress security logs have several benefits in your overall security strategy, helping you:

  1. Identity and stop malicious behavior.
  2. Spot activity that can alert you of a breach.
  3. Assess how much damage was done.
  4. Aid in the repair of a hacked site.

If your site does get hacked, you will want to have the best information to aid in a quick investigation and recovery.

The good news is that iThemes Security Pro can help you implement website logging. iThemes Security Pro’s WordPress security logs tracks all these website activities for you:

Stats from your logs are then displayed in a real-time WordPress security dashboard that you can view from your WordPress admin dashboard.

Check out this feature spotlight post where we unpack all the steps of adding WordPress security logs to your website using iThemes Security Pro.

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A WordPress Security Plugin Can Help Secure Your Website

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