Discovered Vulnerabilities in Multiple ProfilePress WordPress Plugin
As a team in the Wordfence has shared some of the vulnerabilities raised in the ProfilePress WordPress plugin in their recent research published in a post. The researchers named the recently founded critical security issues as WP User Avatar where it boasts over 4 lakhs active installation which seems it affect thousands of websites which are in potentially risk state.
The researchers recently identified four vulnerabilities which are looks different and all holds critical severity rating of 9.8 score of CVSS. The following are the vulnerabilities found,
- CVE-2021-34621 – Unauthenticated privilege escalation flaw
- CVE-2021-34622 – Unauthenticated privilege escalation
- CVE-2021-34623 – arbitrary file upload in the image uploader component
- CVE-2021-34624 – arbitrary file upload in file uploader component
These vulnerabilities could upload arbitrary files in to the target sites which then gains the admin access and takes the complete control of the site. These exploits would work even the user registration is disabled and it takes the control without requiring the authentication.
The plugin version from 3.0 to 3.1.3 has higher vulnerabilities and the researchers reported, the developers patched all the vulnerabilities and released the new plugin in the version 3.1.4. By following this version, the developers released other fixes in the subsequent version. Hence, the recent plugin version 3.1.8 named ad ProfilePRess.
So, all WordPress admins running this plugin should update they’re at earlier to avoid the vulnerability attack. WordPress with vulnerable plugins would attack other websites too. So, keeping all the plugins updated is only the method to avoid cyber threats against websites.
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