Plugin Name: ElementsKit Elementor addons
- Software Type: Plugin
- Software Slug: elementskit-lite
- Software Status: Active
- Software Author: xpeedstudio
- Software Downloads: 15,802,981
- Active Installs: 1,000,000
- Last Updated: January 9, 2024
- Patched Versions: 3.0.4
- Affected Versions: <= 3.0.3
- Name: ElementsKit Lite <= 3.0.3
- Title: Unauthenticated Sensitive Information Exposure
- Type: CVSS:3.1/AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:L/I:N/A:N
- CVE: CVE-2023-6582
- CVSS Score: 5.3
- Publicly Published: January 8, 2024
- Researcher: Nex Team
- Description: The ElementsKit Elementor addons plugin for WordPress is vulnerable to Sensitive Information Exposure in all versions up to, and including, 3.0.3 via the
ekit_widgetarea_contentfunction. This makes it possible for unauthenticated attackers to obtain contents of posts in draft, private, or pending review status that should not be visible to the general public. This applies to posts created with Elementor only.
The ElementsKit Elementor addons for WordPress has a vulnerability in versions up to and including 3.0.3 that allows unauthenticated attackers to expose sensitive information via the
ekit_widgetarea_content function. This vulnerability has been patched in version 3.0.4.
Unauthenticated attackers can exploit this vulnerability by using the
ekit_widgetarea_content function, leading to the exposure of draft, private, or pending review posts created with Elementor. The risk involves the unauthorized access to sensitive information that should not be visible to the public. To remediate this vulnerability, users are strongly advised to update to version 3.0.4.
Advice for Users:
- Immediate Action: Update the ElementsKit Elementor addons plugin to version 3.0.4 or later.
- Check for Signs of Vulnerability: Monitor your site for any unauthorized access or exposure of sensitive information.
- Alternate Plugins: Consider using alternative plugins that offer similar functionality as a precaution.
- Stay Updated: Regularly update your WordPress plugins to the latest versions to avoid vulnerabilities.
The prompt response from the ElementsKit Elementor addons developers to patch this vulnerability underscores the importance of timely updates. Users are advised to ensure that they are running version 3.0.4 or later to secure their WordPress installations.
Staying Ahead of Website Security Threats
Keeping your WordPress website secure can feel like an endless game of catch-up if you don't have the time or technical skills to stay constantly vigilant. I aim to make that job easier by clearly explaining recent threats, like the vulnerability disclosed this week affecting over 1 million websites using the popular ElementsKit Elementor addons plugin. In this post, I’ll provide practical advice to safeguard your site regardless of your technical expertise or available time.
Understanding the ElementsKit Vulnerability
ElementsKit Elementor addons is a widely used plugin that extends Elementor page builder functionality. This week, a security researcher publicly disclosed a vulnerability, tracked as CVE-2023-6582, affecting all versions up to and including 3.0.3. With over 15 million total downloads and 1 million active installs, this plugin is popular but contains a flaw allowing unauthorized access to sensitive information.
Specifically, the vulnerability stems from the `ekit_widgetarea_content` function allowing unauthenticated remote attackers to view private posts and other sensitive information that should not be publicly accessible. The researchers determined this could enable exposure of draft, pending, or private posts created using Elementor.
The ElementsKit team has quickly responded by releasing version 3.0.4 to patch this particular flaw. However, users of older versions face substantial risk until updating.
Assessing Your Risks
The researchers rated this vulnerability at 5.3 on the CVSS scale, a relatively moderate but still concerning risk, especially for sites containing truly sensitive data. The flaw allows attackers to access information without authentication rather than directly modify or destroy data.
Still, information exposure can enable further exploitation. Attackers could potentially access financial documents, personally identifiable information, unpublished content, and other records that website owners prefer keeping private prior to publication. Plus, vulnerabilities like this underscore the general security risks that come with outdated plugins.
What Website Owners Can Do
If you use ElementsKit Elementor addons on your WordPress site, you should take action:
- Immediately update to version 3.0.4 or newer to patch this specific flaw.
- Check your site for any signs unauthorized users accessed non-public information. Look for unexpected user access in logs and closely verify nothing seems compromised.
- Consider replacing ElementsKit with alternate plugins offering similar functionality until fully assessing the security impact.
- Sign-up for plugin update notifications and schedule regular checks to ensure you catch future vulnerability patches. Set calendar reminders if manually monitoring all your plugins proves difficult.
Staying Proactively Secure
WordPress plugins continue to suffer newly discovered vulnerabilities, so site owners face an ongoing battle to stay secure. ElementsKit itself has faced previous publicized flaws, including another information disclosure bug in late 2021.
While staying on top of every threat and regularly updating every plugin sounds exhausting for small business owners or bloggers, a few proactive precautions can effectively minimize risks between fixes:
- Maintain reasonable site access controls through tools like cloud firewalls to detect unauthorized access attempts even if vulnerabilities lurk.
- Limit plugins to only those absolutely necessary and actively maintained. Reducing your plugin attack surface cuts down vectors.
- Consider managed WordPress hosting providers that handle software updates for you behind the scenes, removing that responsibility from your plate.
Avoiding Future Vulnerabilities
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