How Does The Exploit Work?
The vulnerability hinges on the email address of a site’s admin user. With this email address and the affected plugin active, hackers can simply log into WordPress with admin rights. WebARX explains that the weak link lies in the plugin’s feature that offers login options via username/password, Facebook, and Google. The authentication tokens from Facebook and Google weren’t being validated, leading to this critical lapse.
Brainstorm Force Responds
Though the potential number of affected customers remains unknown, Brainstorm Force has actively addressed the issue. The company has not only released an update patching the vulnerability but has also assured users that updating the plugin is a straightforward process.
Takeaway for WordPress Users
This incident underscores the importance of regularly updating plugins and keeping abreast of security advisories. For those using either of the Brainstorm Force plugins, immediate updating is crucial.
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