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Update WordPress Contact Form 7 Plugin Immediately For Security

By December 30, 2020May 5th, 2022Cybersecurity

Is your company’s website built around WordPress? If so, you’re certainly not alone. WordPress is, to this day, the simplest way to get a site up and running quickly. It’s easy to use, has an intuitive interface and there are thousands of great plugins that extend its capabilities.

Unfortunately, hackers are all too aware of these facts, which sometimes makes the platform and its legion of plugins a tempting target.

That’s the case with Contact Form 7, one of the most popular of the WordPress plugins, boasting more than five million active installations. Unfortunately, the team behind the plugin recently disclosed a critical security vulnerability that puts any website using it at risk.

The company moved quickly to address the issue, but in order to make sure your site is protected, you’ll need to install the latest version of the plugin. As with most things in the WordPress world, upgrading your plugins is easy to do, and is something that will only take a few minutes of your time. Even so, it’s a few minutes you’ll absolutely need to spend if you want to ensure that your site is secure.

The vulnerability in question was tracked as CVE-2020-35489, and was classed as an unrestricted file upload vulnerability, which allows hackers to bypass other security measures you may have in place and upload arbitrary code onto any server running the old version of the plugin.

That’s about as bad as it gets, because hackers can upload absolutely anything from keyloggers and sniffers to code that will copy every sensitive file you’ve got and then start encrypting data, or worse. All that to say, if you use WordPress, it pays to double check to see if you’re also using Contact Form 7, and if you are, upgrade the plugin right away.

Chris Forte

Chris Forte, President and CEO of Olmec Systems, has been in the MSP workspace for the past 25 years. Chris earned his Master’s Degree from West Virginia University, graduating Magna Cum Laude. He was a past member of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization, a current member of the New Jersey Power Partners and Executive Association of New Jersey, where he has previously served on its board of directors. In his spare time, Chris enjoys traveling with his family. He also admits to being a struggling golfer and avid watcher of college football and basketball. He currently lives in Boonton Township, NJ with his wife, two daughters, son, and black lab Luna.