CVE-2020-8417: From CSRF to RCE and WordPress-site takeover

From CSRF to RCE and WordPress-site takeover: CVE-2020-8417

A high-severity Cross-Site Request Forgery (CSRF) vulnerability, tracked as CVE-2020–8417, exists in a popular WordPress plugin called Code Snippets, rendering over 200,000 websites vulnerable to site takeover. In this Blog-post, we will cover what caused the flaw, an example Proof-Of-Concept showing exploitation in a sandbox environment, and mitigation steps. What is the Code Snippets Vulnerability? The National Vulnerability …

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Why You Should Perform WordPress Vulnerability Scanning

According to the latest Sucuri Hacked Website Report (2018), 90% of scanned WordPress websites were infected with one or more vulnerabilities last year. That’s up 7% from the previous year and shows you just how vulnerable WordPress websites can be. (Source) While the WordPress core is built to be as secure as possible, relying on …

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WordPress 5.3.1 security and maintenance release

WordPress 5.3.1 is a security and maintenance release that has 46 fixes and enhancements. And even better, it fixes serval security problems found by the following people: Daniel Bachhuber for finding an issue where an unprivileged user could make a post sticky via the REST API. Simon Scannell of RIPS Technologies for finding and disclosing an issue …

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WordPress 5.2.3 Security and Maintenance Release

WordPress 5.2.3 has now been released. This is a security and maintenance release features 29 fixes and enhancements and adds several security fixes. These bugs affect WordPress versions 5.2.2 and earlier; version 5.2.3 fixes them, so we recommend all WordPress-users to upgrade. If you haven’t yet updated to 5.2 yet, there are also updated versions …

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WordPress XML-RPC

What is xmlrpc.php file and why you should care about it

What is XML-RPC? According to Wikipedia, XML-RPC is a remote procedure call (RPC) protocol which uses XML to encode its calls and HTTP as a transport mechanism. WordPress utilizes this XML-RPC that is used to exchange information between computer systems over a network. In short, it is a system that allows you to post on your WordPress blog using popular weblog clients like Windows Live …

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