Ultimate Member Plugin Flaw Leaves 200K Sites Exposed: Update Now to Dodge Data Heist!

Ultimate Member plugin users, brace yourselves—CVE-2024-1071 is the unwelcome guest crashing your WordPress party. With a near-perfect 9.8 CVSS score, it’s time to update or risk a data buffet for hackers. #UpdateOrHackersWillFeast

Hot Take:

Watch out, WordPress warriors! Ultimate Member has become the ultimate backdoor for SQL slingers, boasting a near-perfect score in the villainy Olympics with a CVSS of 9.8. The plugin’s “Enable custom table for usermeta” feature is like leaving your digital front door open with a neon “Rob Me” sign. Update or get ready to join the SQL Injection Soirée—no RSVP needed!

Key Points:

  • Ultimate Member plugin for WordPress has a gaping SQL Injection hole, so patch up with version 2.8.3 if you enjoy your site sans surprise data leak parties.
  • With a CVSS score of 9.8, this flaw is more popular than free Wi-Fi—everyone uninvited could join in!
  • If your site is a member of the “Enable custom table for usermeta” club, you’re on the VIP list for potential exploitation.
  • Wordfence is playing bouncer, already blocking party crashers trying to exploit the flaw. Still, you’d better secure your own velvet rope.
  • This isn’t the plugin’s DJ debut—another high-score flaw last year had attackers dancing as rogue admins on vulnerable sites.
Title: Ultimate Member < 2.6.7 - Unauthenticated Privilege Escalation
Cve id: CVE-2023-3460
Cve state: PUBLISHED
Cve assigner short name: WPScan
Cve date updated: 07/04/2023
Cve description: The Ultimate Member WordPress plugin before 2.6.7 does not prevent visitors from creating user accounts with arbitrary capabilities, effectively allowing attackers to create administrator accounts at will. This is actively being exploited in the wild.

Cve id: CVE-2024-1071
Cve state: PUBLISHED
Cve assigner short name: Wordfence
Cve date updated: 03/13/2024
Cve description: The Ultimate Member – User Profile, Registration, Login, Member Directory, Content Restriction & Membership Plugin plugin for WordPress is vulnerable to SQL Injection via the 'sorting' parameter in versions 2.1.3 to 2.8.2 due to insufficient escaping on the user supplied parameter and lack of sufficient preparation on the existing SQL query. This makes it possible for unauthenticated attackers to append additional SQL queries into already existing queries that can be used to extract sensitive information from the database.

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Update or Upset?

Here's the lowdown: Ultimate Member, a popular plugin that's supposed to make your WordPress site cooler, just made it a whole lot easier for hackers to crash your cyber party. We're talking SQL Injection—sounds like a medical procedure, but it's actually more of a hacktician's delight. With this flaw, attackers can slip extra SQL queries into your database like uninvited plus-ones, snatching sensitive data while you're none the wiser. Don't be a sitting duck; get that update on lock!

The VIP Section: Custom Table Club

But wait, it gets better (or worse, depending on your penchant for cyber drama). If you've ticked that oh-so-special "Enable custom table for usermeta" option, congratulations! You've just unlocked the premium experience of vulnerability. It's like choosing the penthouse suite with the doors wide open. Time to rethink your membership and update to version 2.8.3, stat!

Dealing with the Aftermath

And because history loves to repeat itself, let's not forget last year's snafu when Ultimate Member gave out admin passes like candy, allowing attackers to take over like they owned the place. But there's a silver lining—our knights in digital armor, Wordfence, are already on guard, blocking nefarious netizens from exploiting this digital debacle.

The Bigger Cyber Soirée

The Ultimate Member mess is just a speck in the grand cyber galaxy of chaos. We've got compromised WordPress sites moonlighting as crypto drainers and Web3 phishing dens, because who doesn't love a good old bait-and-switch? These sneaky drainers are the digital equivalent of pickpockets at a concert, lifting your wallet while you sway to the beat. And let's not overlook the drainer-as-a-service (DaaS)—not to be confused with SaaS, unless you think "Service as a Swindle" has a ring to it.

Telegram: Not Just for Emojis

Apparently, the cyber baddies have been cozying up on Telegram, using bots like they're ordering off a fast-food menu. "I'll have a cloned site with a side of Cloudflare protection, please." It's like a DIY kit for fraudsters, and the only thing missing is a step-by-step YouTube tutorial. Plus, with X (the artist formerly known as Twitter) accounts being hijacked to spread these cloned sites, it's a reminder to maybe rethink who you allow into your digital inner circle.

Remember, folks, the internet is a wild ride, and without the latest updates, you're just asking for trouble. So, don those digital capes, update your plugins, and let's make the cyber world a tad less like the Wild West.

Tags: Crypto Drainer Campaign, CVE-2024-1071, Plugin Security Update, SQL Injection, Ultimate Member plugin, Web3 Phishing Attacks, WordPress Plugin Vulnerability