Hackers’ Delight: Critical Flaw in Popular WordPress Plugin Endangers Millions of Sites

In the Wild West of WordPress, a villainous plugin flaw is rounding up websites for a hostile takeover. Patch your wagons, folks—hackers are hitching rides on WP-Automatic, and five million attacks ain’t no rodeo show. 🤠💻 #WordPressPluginFlaw

Hot Take:

Oh, look! Another day, another WordPress plugin acting like the digital equivalent of Swiss cheese. WP-Automatic just rolled out the red carpet for hackers with its all-you-can-eat SQL injection buffet! If your website was a ship, this plugin would be the iceberg to your Titanic. Time to update or abandon ship, webmasters!

Key Points:

  • A critical SQL injection vulnerability in WP-Automatic plugin is being exploited, allowing full site takeover.
  • The flaw, rated a 9.9 (ouch!), affects all versions up to 3.9.2.0 and has prompted over five million attack attempts.
  • Attackers are creating admin accounts and backdoors, ensuring they can hang out on your website longer than your in-laws.
  • To stay incognito, hackers are turning WP-Automatic into WP-Anonymatic by renaming files to avoid detection.
  • WordPress remains popular but vulnerable due to plugins and themes; the advice is to update or risk being outdated and outplayed.
Title: WordPress Automatic plugin <= 3.92.0 - Unauthenticated Arbitrary SQL Execution vulnerability
Cve id: CVE-2024-27956
Cve state: PUBLISHED
Cve assigner short name: Patchstack
Cve date updated: 03/21/2024
Cve description: Improper Neutralization of Special Elements used in an SQL Command ('SQL Injection') vulnerability in ValvePress Automatic allows SQL Injection.This issue affects Automatic: from n/a through 3.92.0.

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Breaking News: Your Website Might Be Owned!

Imagine waking up to find out someone's throwing a party on your website and you're not invited. That's pretty much what's happening to victims of the WP-Automatic plugin's vulnerability. The plugin's a great idea in theory—automating content from everywhere like a virtual octopus—but in practice, it's serving hackers your website on a silver platter.

The Hacker's Buffet Is Open for Business

Think of this SQL injection flaw as an all-access pass to the digital VIP lounge. Cybercriminals are living it up, creating their own admin accounts, and installing who-knows-what on people's websites. With more than five million attempts to exploit this flaw, it's less of an exclusive club and more of a festival for ne'er-do-wells.

Hide and Seek: Hacker Edition

Once they're in, these digital intruders are playing the ultimate game of hide and seek. They're not just leaving backdoors; they're practically installing revolving doors. And for their pièce de résistance, they're renaming files to stay under the radar. It's like they're wearing a digital invisibility cloak, and your website's security is none the wiser.

Survival of the Updated

In the wild world of the web, it's survival of the updated. WordPress might be the king of the jungle when it comes to website builders, but its ecosystem is teeming with predators looking for weak plugins and themes. The mantra for staying safe? Update, update, update. If you're not up-to-date, you're on the menu.

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Lastly, let's tip our hats to Sead Fadilpašić, the cybersecurity storyteller of Sarajevo, weaving tales of digital caution for over a decade. He's the one bringing you this tale of WordPress woe, along with a reminder: in the land of the internet, the one with the latest patch is king.

Tags: CVE-2024-27956, hacking, SQLi exploit, website security, WordPress Plugin Vulnerability, WordPress site maintenance, WP-Automatic SQL injection