WordPress Forces Password Reset

Published: 2011-06-22
Last Updated: 2011-06-22 00:24:16 UTC
by Guy Bruneau (Version: 1)
2 comment(s)

WordPress is currently investigating a series of "[...] suspicious commits to several popular plugins (AddThis, WPtouch, and W3 Total Cache) containing cleverly disguised backdoors. We determined the commits were not from the authors, rolled them back, pushed updates to the plugins, and shut down access to the plugin repository while we looked for anything else unsavory." [1]

If you have a WordPress.org, bbPress.org and BuddyPress.org account, you will be required to choose a new password. You can change your password here.

[1] http://wordpress.org/news/2011/06/passwords-reset/


Guy Bruneau IPSS Inc. gbruneau at isc dot sans dot edu

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I have a few WordPress sites and they are prompting me to update WPtouch and W3 Total Cache. Usually, I just do the automatic updates but it sounds like the current versions have a backdoor?

W3 Total Cache
You have version installed. Update to

You have version 1.9.27 installed. Update to 1.9.29.
> WordPress WPtouch Plugin - Backdoor Security Issue
- http://secunia.com/advisories/45005/
Release Date: 2011-06-23
Criticality level: Highly critical
Solution Status: Vendor Patch ...
... compromised source files were distributed on June 21st, 2011 and possibly prior.
Solution: Update to version 1.9.29.
> WordPress W3 Total Cache Plugin - Backdoor Security Issue
- http://secunia.com/advisories/45021/
Solution: Manually install version downloaded after June 21st, 2011.
> WordPress AddThis Plugin - Backdoor Security Issue
- http://secunia.com/advisories/45027/
Solution: Manually install version 2.2.0 downloaded after June 21st, 2011.

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