WordPres 4.7.3 is now available

This is a “Security & Maintenance” release that doesn’t introduce any new feature, as it fixes bugs and problems available in the previous versions.
Because of the security-related fixes, we encourage you to update as soon as possible.

The previous versions had 6 big problems that have been completely fixed:

  • Cross-site scripting (XSS) via media file metadata. Reported by Chris Andrè Dale, Yorick Koster, and Simon P. Briggs.
  • Control characters can trick redirect URL validation. Reported by Daniel Chatfield.
  • Unintended files can be deleted by administrators using the plugin deletion functionality. Reported by TrigInc and xuliang.
  • Cross-site scripting (XSS) via video URL in YouTube embeds. Reported by Marc Montpas.
  • Cross-site scripting (XSS) via taxonomy term names. Reported by Delta.
  • Cross-site request forgery (CSRF) in Press This leading to excessive use of server resources. Reported by Sipke Mellema.

The update is available within the administration dashboard with an “Update Now” banner, or it can be performed manually; if you have enabled automated updates, your system will be updated soon.

A vulnerability in Magento that allowed CSRF attacks has been discovered 

A vulnerability that allows Cross Site Request Forgery (CSRF) has been discovered in Magento Community Edition (2.1.6 and older) by DefenseCode, which released a document covering the topic. The discovery followed an auditing on the source code of the Community Edition, the Enterprise version has not been tested (yet), but it’s possible that this version too is affected by this issue as both version share the most of the code.

The vulnerability exploits the option that allows admins to add Vimeo videos to product description; the system retrieves a preview image with a POST request accepting the image URL as parameter.
Such request can be changed to GET, and if the URL links to an invalid image file (like a PHP file), the system returns an error, however it downloading the file and not deleting it if validation fails.
Image information are analyzed and stored in a directory that follows a precise scheme: the pattern used is /pub/media/tmp/catalog/product/<X>/<Y>/<original filename>, where the path depends on the image name. For instance, picture.jpg creates the /pub/media/tmp/catalog/product/p/i/picture.jpg path.
Then two files are downloaded: one is the .htaccess file that enalbes the execution of PHP files in the directory, the other is the malicious PHP script.
A typical scenario involves an hacker targeting a Magento user with admin panel access (it can also be a non-full admin) with a phishing email with a link to a URL that starts the CSRF attack.
The “Add Secret Keys to URLs” option can mitigate attacks: you can enable it in Stores > Configuration > ADVANCED > Admin > Security > Add Secret Key to URLs. 
Also disable the use of .htaccess files in the subdirectories of /pub/media/tmp/catalog/product/.

Magento developers stated this vulnerability will be fixexd in the next release of the CMS.

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