CVE-2024-2771: Unauthenticated Attackers Can Hijack 400K+ WordPress Sites via Fluent Forms Bug

Bar Refael

May 21, 2024

A security vulnerability has been discovered in Fluent Forms, a popular WordPress plugin with over 400,000 active installations. This vulnerability, designated as CVE-2024-2771, enables unauthenticated attackers to grant themselves or others administrative access to the plugin, potentially leading to website defacement, data theft, and disruption of website operations.

Summary:

  • Vulnerability: Missing Authorization to Settings Update and Limited Privilege Escalation
  • Software: Fluent Forms
  • Affected Versions: Up to version 5.1.16
  • Impact: Unauthorized access, website defacement, data theft, disruption of website operations

This critical flaw (CVSS 9.8) allows attackers to manipulate settings and data without authentication, posing a significant risk to websites using the plugin.

Mitigation Steps:

  • Update Software: Immediately update Fluent Forms to version 5.1.17 or later.
  • Regular Backups: Regularly back up your website data.
  • Strong Password Policies: Implement strong password policies.
  • Web Application Firewalls (WAFs): Use WAFs to protect against common attacks.
  • Monitor Activity: Monitor your website for suspicious activity.

Stay Secure. Stay Informed.

OP Innovate Research Team.

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