Reflected Cross-site Scripting (XSS) vulnerability was discovered in the WordPress plugin “Cooked Pro” version 184.108.40.206 at multiple places which could enable an attacker to perform malicious actions.
Cooked Pro for WordPress allows its users to create & display recipes on a WordPress site. Other features offered by this plugin are – SEO optimized (rich snippets), galleries, cooking timers, printable recipes, and more. A free version of the plugin is also available in the WordPress plugin directory, which is not affected by this vulnerability.
Astra Security Threat Intelligence team led by Jinson Varghese discovered this vulnerability in the Cooked Pro plugin version 220.127.116.11 on 18th March 2021 and immediately contacted the plugin developers on the same day.
Here’s the complete vulnerability disclosure timeline:
- March 18, 2021 – Astra Security Threat Intelligence team discovers and analyzes the reflected XSS vulnerability (CVE-2021-24233).
- March 18, 2021 – Full vulnerability disclosure sent to the plugin’s developers Boxy Studio.
- March 20, 2021 – Astra Security received a response from the plugin’s dev team that the patch should be available in few days.
- March 30, 2021 – Patched version of the plugin released (v18.104.22.168)
If you are one of the customers of Boxy Studio using their Cooked Pro plugin for your WordPress, it is highly recommended that you should update the plugin to its fully patched version 22.214.171.124.
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