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WordPress Woes

Apr 15, 2023

Flaws in Elementor

WordPress is a widely-used content management system (CMS) that powers millions of websites globally. It's popular for its ease of use, flexibility, and vast array of plugins, such as the Elementor Pro website builder plugin I’m reporting on today.

This is Katy Craig in San Diego, California.

A recently patched security vulnerability in the Elementor Pro plugin is a high-severity flaw, that can be traced back to a case of broken access control and affects versions 3.11.6 and earlier. Thankfully, the vigilant plugin maintainers have already released a fix in version 3.11.7. So, if you haven't updated yet, it's time to hit that button!

Now, you may be wondering, What's at stake here, and who may be impacted? Well, if successfully exploited by an authenticated attacker, this vulnerability could lead to a complete takeover of WordPress sites with WooCommerce enabled. This means that website owners, businesses, and individuals using WordPress in combination with Elementor Pro and WooCommerce are at risk. Given the popularity of these plugins, the scale of the potential impact is significant.

But fear not, for every problem, there's a solution! The best course of action is to update your Elementor Pro plugin to version 3.11.7 or later as soon as possible. This simple step can save you from a whole lot of headaches and potential virtual heartaches.

In the spirit of keeping things light, let's take a moment to appreciate the developers who work tirelessly to patch these vulnerabilities. Like our favorite superheroes, they swoop in to save the day (and our websites) from the perils of cyber threats. So, hats off to them!

This is Katy Craig. Stay safe out there!

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