In the past few hours a lot of Contact Form 7 users have reported that their security tools provided by Avast Software have given a security alert about Contact Form 7. In particular, the alert says it has found a Trojan Horse in one of the script files in the Contact Form 7 package.
I have confirmed no such malware exists in Contact Form 7, so I believe that it is probably a false alarm. So far we haven’t received any information from Avast about this case.
I’ll update this post when there is new information.
Contact Form 7 5.3.2 has been released. This is an urgent security and maintenance release. We strongly encourage you to update to it immediately.
An unrestricted file upload vulnerability has been found in Contact Form 7 5.3.1 and older versions. Utilizing this vulnerability, a form submitter can bypass Contact Form 7’s filename sanitization, and upload a file which can be executed as a script file on the host server. This issue has been reported by Jinson Varghese Behanan from Astra Security.
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WordPress 5.5 has introduced the auto-update feature for plugins and themes. Keeping plugins and themes updated to the latest version is a key factor in managing your WordPress site securely. We strongly recommend you enable auto-updates for the Contact Form 7 plugin, but you should also be aware that there are risks involved in the use of auto-updates.
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Vulnerabilities affecting spreadsheet applications like Microsoft Excel and OpenOffice Calc have been known to exist for over 5 years, and unfortunately they seem to be still unresolved.
While it is not a vulnerability of WordPress, or its plugins, because there must be so many users of our products who are at risk of these vulnerabilities, and the damage from it could be huge, I think I should write an article here to alert you of the issue.
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