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Serious Security Vulnerability Patched In Shield Security WP Plugin

by Abeerah Hashim
Shield Security WP plugin patched file inclusion vulnerability

A serious security vulnerability affected the WordPress plugin Security Shield, which could allow arbitrary file inclusion. The developers patched the flaw with the latest plugin release, making it necessary for the users to update to the latest versions as soon as possible.

Shield Security Plugin Vulnerability Allowed File

According to the details shared in a post from the team Wordfence, a local file inclusion vulnerability riddled the WordPress plugin Shield Security.

Shield Security plugin offers a simple firewall for WordPress websites, preventing bot attacks, malware, and other related threats. The plugin presently boasts over 50,000 active installations, indicating the huge number of websites exposed to threats due to any security vulnerabilities affecting the plugin.

Specifically, the vulnerability affected the plugin’s render_action_template parameter that allowing an unauthenticated adversary to include malicious PHP files on the target server. Ultimately, an attacker could execute malicious PHP codes via those files.

This vulnerability, CVE-2023-6989, received a critical security rating with a CVSS score of 9.8. Wordfence confirmed that the issue typically affected PHP files only, ruling out the possibility of remote code execution attacks. However, they did confirm that an attacker had numerous options to include and execute malicious PHP files on the target server. In their post, the researchers also presented a detailed technical analysis of the exploit.

Wordfence acknowledged the researcher with alias hir0ot for responsible vulnerability disclosure via Wordfence’s bug bounty program. The firm also awarded the researcher a $938 bounty for these findings.

Following the bug report, the plugin developers patched the vulnerability with the Shield Security plugin version 18.5.10. Yet, the plugin’s official page mentions 19.0.6 as the latest release, indicating further updates since this security fix. Hence, all users running this plugin on their websites must ensure updating to the plugin 18.5.10 or later (preferably to the latest available version) to receive all necessary bug fixes.

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