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Persistent WordPress User Injection

Our team recently stumbled across an interesting example of malicious code used to add an arbitrary user inside WordPress. The following code was detected at the bottom of the theme’s functions.php. It uses internal WordPress functions like wp_create_user() and...

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COVID-19 Chloroquine Pharmaspam

A recent SiteCheck scan of an organization’s website showed an interesting pharmacy spam injection targeting COVID-19-related pages of websites. The HTML that was flagged by our SiteCheck signature, spam-seo.hidden_content?100.2, shows why the pharmacy spam text was...

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Vulnerabilities Digest: July 2020

Relevant Plugins and Vulnerabilities: PluginVulnerabilityPatched VersionInstalls Asset CleanUp: Page Speed Authenticated XSS 1.4.6.7 80000 Quiz And Survey Master Authenticated Stored XSS 7.0.0 30000 Comments – wpDiscuz 7.0.0 – Arbitrary File Upload 7.0.5...

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SEO Hacktool: Sitemap Generator

An XML sitemap is an important part of a website’s SEO and exists to help search engine crawlers index new URLs on your website. For example, if a site has a large number of pages that were recently updated and the owner wants Google to index their latest...

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Skimmers in Images & GitHub Repos

MalwareBytes recently shared some information about web skimmers that store malicious code inside real .ico files. During a routine investigation, we detected a similar issue. Instead of targeting .ico files, however, attackers chose to inject content into real .png...

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Malicious Magento User Creator

We recently found a simple malicious script leveraging Magento’s internal functions to create a new admin user with the admin role “Inchoo” ⁠— probably referring to a Croatian Magento consulting company. The script is simple but very...

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WordPress News

WordPress 5.5 “Eckstine”

Here it is! Named “Eckstine” in honor of Billy Eckstine, this latest and greatest version of WordPress is available for download or update in your dashboard. Welcome to WordPress 5.5. In WordPress 5.5, your site gets new power in three major areas: speed, search, and...

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WordPress 5.5 Release Candidate 2

The second release candidate for WordPress 5.5 is here! WordPress 5.5 is slated for release on August 11, 2020, but we need your help to get there—if you haven’t tried 5.5 yet, now is the time! You can test the WordPress 5.5 release candidate in two ways: Try...

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The Month in WordPress: July 2020

July was an action-packed month for the WordPress project. The month saw a lot of updates on one of the most anticipated releases – WordPress 5.5! WordCamp US 2020 was canceled and the WordPress community team started experimenting with different formats for...

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WordPress 5.5 Release Candidate

The first release candidate for WordPress 5.5 is now available! This is an important milestone in the community’s progress toward the final release of WordPress 5.5. “Release Candidate” means that the new version is ready for release, but with...

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WordPress 5.5 Beta 4

WordPress 5.5 Beta 4 is now available! This software is still in development, so it’s not recommended to run this version on a production site. Consider setting up a test site to play with the new version. You can test WordPress 5.5 Beta 4 in two ways: Try the...

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