Beware WordPress Site Owners using WooCommerce Discounts Plugin
Published on : Tuesday 25-08-2020
Discount Rules for WooCommerce helps to create any type of bulk discounts, dynamic pricing, advanced discounts, percentage discounts, product-based discounts, tiered discounts for business’s products. You can set discounts for products and product variations using it. You can also set discounts based on categories, attributes, customers, user roles in the pro version. These discounts will be visible at product pages, product details pages, carts, checkouts and also in email notifications.
What is WooCommerce Discounts Plugin Vulnerability?
Security researchers recently warned the administrators and owners of the WordPress based e-commerce websites using the WooCommerce platforms, as there are cyber-attacks exploiting vulnerabilities in this discount plugin.
This flaw has Multiple Vulnerabilities In Discount Rules for WooCommerce Plugin which consists of SQLi and unauthenticated stored XSS vulnerabilities in Discount Rules for WooCommerce WordPress plugin. The Discount Rules for WooCommerce plugin (versions 2.0.2 and below) suffers from multiple vulnerabilities such as SQL injection, authorization issues and unauthenticated stored cross-site scripting where the unauthenticated stored cross-site scripting issue could potentially lead to remote code execution. These flaws were identified on 7th August 2020 by the researchers at web security company WebARX. It got published on 20th August 2020.
Attention to this flaw is important to many as this plugin has been installed on more than 30,000 websites.
What is the solution?
Good news is the developers have patched these vulnerabilities within a week with the release of version 2.1.0.
If you are using this plugin in your wordpress site, your website administrators must update the plugin as soon as possible; as according to WebARX, it has been seeing attacks exploiting the vulnerabilities.
WebARX told SecurityWeek that an attacker looking to exploit the vulnerabilities would first have to crawl the internet for affected WordPress websites by looking for the “woocommerce” string in their source code. Once a potential target has been found, they can send it a malicious payload.
Anyone can build website or any software, but only few professionals can build Cyber-secured website or software applications; as they understand importance of security coding practices.
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