If you run a WordPress site and you use the Elementor website creation toolkit, you could be at risk of a security hole that combines data leakage and remote code execution.
That’s if you use a plugin called Essential Addons for Elementor, which is a popular tool for adding visual features such as timelines, image galleries, ecommerce forms and price lists.
An independent threat researcher called Wai Yan Myo Thet recently discovered what’s known as a file inclusion vulnerability in the product.
This security hole made it possible for attackers to trick the plugin into accessing and including a server-side file…
…using a filename supplied in the incoming web request.
Simply put, a malicious visitor could trick an unpatched server into serving up a file it’s not supposed to, such as the server’s own username database, or coerce the server into running a script it shouldn’t, thus creating a remote code execution (RCE) hole.
As you probably know, web server RCE bugs are typically abused to implant malware that allows the attackers to do something to your immediate, and often costly, detriment.
Clients of ProtectYourWP.com have already been updated, of course.