WordPress (Plugin) Security Vulnerability – Absolute Privacy

February 25, 2012 · 12 comments

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WordPress (Plugin) Security Vulnerability – Absolute Privacy

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Not Quite So Private!

WordPress Security Warning

WordPress.org plugin “Absolute Security“, which was found to carry a very dangerous security vulnerability (which would allow your site to be hacked) has now been patched twice and re-admitted to the wp.org repository.

While I have not checked the code, my understanding is that the new version of the plugin is safe to use now (while the old version is definitely not!). Please be sure to upgrade any old versions to the new version.

The plugin was used to make a site all or mostly password protected to read (from what I can tell, as I don’t use it.)

If you have a site that was using the plugin, please be sure to scan your site to see if you’ve picked up any infections. I recommend using Sucuri’s free scanner: http://just-ask-kim.com/recommends/sucuri

Additional information on the (now patched) vulnerability can be found at: http://blog.sucuri.net/2012/02/vulnerability-in-the-absolute-privacy-plugin.html

~ Kim ~
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Richard February 25, 2012 at 3:12 pm

Thanks for the update, Kim. I’m actually a bit wary of these third party security plugins these days. It’s good to be careful before installing them as they are playing around with yoour site’s security.

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shyam jos February 26, 2012 at 9:56 am

personally i don’t recommend these kinda plugins ,i use antivirus feature in my server back-end

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Joyce Edwards February 26, 2012 at 2:23 pm

Thanks for the tip. Although I don’t use that plug in I can always depend on you to keep me updated when it comes to anything about Wordpress.

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Kim Castleberry May 5, 2013 at 12:18 am

I don’t know of any commonly used plugin by that name. Can you please provide me with a link to that, Doan?
Kim

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Kim Castleberry May 5, 2013 at 12:35 am

Ahh yes, I’m intimately familiar with that one. Apologies. I thought you meant you had one that was separately named “Security Vulnerabilities”. My misunderstanding! Thanks, Doan!
Kim

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