On July 10, 2020, our Threat Intelligence team discovered a vulnerability in All In One SEO Pack, a WordPress plugin installed on over 2 million sites. This flaw allowed authenticated users with contributor level access or above the ability to inject malicious scripts that would be executed if a victim accessed the wp-admin panel’s ‘all posts’ page.
Wordfence reached out to the plugin’s team the same day of discovery on July 10, 2020 and a patch was released just a few days later on July 15, 2020.
This is considered a medium severity security issue that, as with all XSS vulnerabilities, can result in complete site takeover and other severe consequences. We strongly recommend immediately updating to the latest version of this plugin. At the time of writing, that is version 3.6.2 of All in One SEO Pack.
Wordfence Premium customers received a new firewall rule on July 10, 2020 to protect against exploits targeting this vulnerability. Free Wordfence users will receive this rule after thirty days, on August 9, 2020.
All In One SEO Pack is a plugin that provides several SEO enhancing features to help rank a WordPress site’s content higher on search engines. As part of its functionality, it allows users that have the ability to create or edit posts to set an SEO title and SEO description directly from a post as it is being edited. This makes it easier for post creators to improve the SEO of posts as they are writing them. This feature is available to all users that can create posts, such as contributors, authors, and editors.
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