A critical Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) vulnerability has been identified in the WPForo Forum Plugin for WordPress, posing significant risks to WordPress security and the prevention of malware. Discovered and responsibly reported by Alex Sanford, this security flaw could allow attackers to inject malicious scripts into the plugin’s forum pages. When users view these pages, the injected scripts execute, potentially leading to unauthorized access, personal information theft, account hijacking, or redirection to malicious websites. To protect WordPress sites from potential exploits, immediate action is essential, and users are advised to update to version 2.1.9 or higher, as this version contains the necessary fix to address the XSS vulnerability and enhance overall security.
The XSS vulnerability in the WPForo Forum Plugin permits attackers to inject malicious scripts into forum pages, compromising user security.
The vulnerability has been classified as high severity, with a CVSS score of 7.1, indicating the potential for attackers to take control of a WordPress site.
The vulnerability affects all versions of WPForo prior to 2.1.9, leaving older versions vulnerable to exploitation.
Exploiting this vulnerability enables attackers to inject malicious scripts into the plugin’s forum pages. These scripts execute when users view the pages, potentially leading to the theft of personal information, account hijacking, or redirection to malicious websites.
To safeguard WordPress sites and user data from potential attacks, users of WPForo are strongly advised to update to version 2.1.9 or higher immediately. Updating to the latest version is crucial to prevent exploitation and enhance the overall security of the plugin.