Vulnerability Exposes Over 4 Million Sites Using WPBakery

On July 27th, our Threat Intelligence team discovered a vulnerability in WPBakery, a WordPress plugin installed on over 4.3 million sites. This flaw made it possible for authenticated attackers with contributor-level or above permissions to inject malicious JavaScript in posts. We initially reached out to the plugin’s team on July 28, 2020 through their support... Read More

Backdoor Shell Dropper Deploys CMS-Specific Malware

A large majority of the malware we find on compromised websites are backdoors that allow an attacker to maintain unauthorized access to the site and execute whatever commands they want. Another common scenario includes malware which is directly injected into a website’s files and used to redirect traffic, steal credit cards and other sensitive information,... Read More

High Severity Vulnerabilities in Post Grid and Team Showcase Plugins

On September 14, 2020, our Threat Intelligence team discovered two high severity vulnerabilities in Post Grid, a WordPress plugin with over 60,000 installations. While investigating one of these vulnerabilities, we discovered that almost identical vulnerabilities were also present in Team Showcase, a separate plugin by the same author with over 6,000 installations. We initially reached... Read More

GFX Xsender Hack Tool: A Spam Mailer

PHP hack tools are created and used by attackers to help automate frequent or tedious tasks. During a recent investigation, we came across a hack tool used to simplify the process of sending predefined HTML emails to a list of email addresses. The tool runs on top of PHPMailer’s library, which handles the connection and... Read More

Malicious One-Liner Using Hastebin

Short scripts that deliver malware to a website are nothing new, but during a recent investigation we found a script using hastebin[.]com, which is a domain we see used infrequently. The script was found writing malicious contents into an image directory on a compromised website, allowing an attacker to execute other malicious commands. The attacker... Read More

Critical Vulnerabilities Patched in XCloner Backup and Restore Plugin

On August 14, our Threat Intelligence team discovered several vulnerabilities present in XCloner Backup and Restore, a WordPress plugin installed on over 30,000 sites. This flaw gave authenticated attackers, with subscriber-level or above capabilities, the ability to modify arbitrary files, including PHP files. Doing so would allow an attacker to achieve remote code execution on... Read More

The Hidden PHP Malware that Reinfects Cleaned Files

Website reinfections are a serious problem for website owners, and it can often be difficult to determine the cause behind the reinfection — especially if you lack access to necessary logs, which is usually the case for shared hosting services. Some of the more common causes of reinfections are issues like cross- site contamination or... Read More

Episode 87: Vulnerabilities Affect Discount Rules for WooCommerce Plugin, ModSecurity & Windows

Vulnerabilities were recently patched in the Discount Rules for WooCommerce plugin installed on over 40,000 WordPress sites. Developers from OWASP Core Rule Set said ModSecurity v3 is exposed to denial of service exploits, though the maintainers of ModSecurity reject that claim. A severe vulnerability called Zerologon in Windows Netlogon was patched in August; this bug... Read More

High-Severity Vulnerabilities Patched in Discount Rules for WooCommerce

On August 20, 2020, the Wordfence Threat Intelligence team was made aware of several vulnerabilities that had been patched in Discount Rules for WooCommerce, a WordPress plugin installed on over 40,000 sites. We released a firewall rule to protect against these vulnerabilities the same day. During our investigation, we also discovered a separate set of... Read More

phpbash – A Terminal Emulator Web Shell

It’s common for hackers to utilize post-compromise tools that contain a graphical user interface (GUI) that can be loaded in the web browser. A GUI generally makes the tool easier to use — and certainly more visually appealing than just raw text. One example of web malware that uses GUIs are PHP webshells like r57.... Read More
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