New WordPress Malware Exploits Nearly Two  Dozen CMS Flaws

Over two dozen plugins and themes in WordPress are vulnerable to exploitation by the unknown strain of Linux malware.

Russian Security dealer said in a report” that the targeted pages can be injected with malicious JavaScripts if there is lack of essential fixes and the sites use outdated versions of such add-ons. Therefore, users who click on an attacked page are pivoted to other sites.

Attackers defuse security flaws by using the list of 19 plugins and themes you’re probably using on a WordPress site. The attacker expands the target of particular websites to enlarge their network.

Other than this, the malware also has the potential of injecting Javascript code recovered from a remote server to deflect the site visitors to deflect a capricious website of the attacker’s choice.

In addition to finding a second backdoor version, Doctor Web revealed 11 additional plugin vulnerabilities, totaling 30. The company reported that this backdoor uses a new command-and-control domain (C2).

The targeted plugins and themes are given below. Check them out:

  • WP Live Chat Support
  • Yuzo Related Posts
  • Yellow Pencil Visual CSS Style Editor
  • Easy WP SMTP
  • WP GDPR Compliance
  • Newspaper (CVE-2016-10972)
  • Thim Core
  • Smart Google Code Inserter (discontinued as of January 28, 2022)
  • Total Donations
  • Post Custom Templates Lite
  • WP Quick Booking Manager
  • Live Chat with Messenger Customer Chat by Zotabox
  • Blog Designer
  • WordPress Ultimate FAQ (CVE-2019-17232 and CVE-2019-17233)
  • WP-Matomo Integration (WP-Piwik)
  • ND Shortcodes
  • WP Live Chat
  • Coming Soon Page and Maintenance Mode
  • Hybrid
  • Brizy
  • FV Flowplayer Video Player
  • WooCommerce
  • Coming Soon Page & Maintenance Mode
  • Onetone
  • Simple Fields
  • Delucks SEO
  • Poll, Survey, Form & Quiz Maker by OpinionStage
  • Social Metrics Tracker
  • WPeMatico RSS Feed Fetcher, and
  • Rich Reviews

According to both variants, decrypting WordPress administrator accounts by brute-forcing is unimplemented, but it’s unclear whether it’s a legacy or an upcoming feature.

The company said, “Cybercriminals could even successfully attack websites using current plugin versions that contain patched vulnerabilities if a backdoor includes such an option in future versions.”

Including the third-party add-ons and themes, WordPress users are suggested to keep all the platform elements updated. Also, they should use strong and distinctive login and passwords to protect their accounts.

Weeks earlier, Fortinet FortiGuard Labs disclosed another botnet called GoTrim that targeted self-hosted websites using the WordPress content management system (CMS) to take control of them.

In June 2022, the GoDaddy-owned website security company shared information about a Traffic Direction System (TDS) known as Parrot, targeting WordPress sites with rogue Javascript. It has also informed that over 15,000 WordPress sites were breached as part of a malicious campaign to modify visitors to deceptive Q7A portals.

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