• Resolved twellibaum

    (@twellibaum)


    Shortly after installing this plugin, our site was hacked… [Lack of security measures on our part, for sure, but thought I might warn others here that hackers might target this plugin]

    Wordfence:
    Filename: wp-content/plugins/google-analytics-for-wordpress/includes/admin/tracking.php
    File Type: Plugin
    Details: This file appears to be installed or modified by a hacker to perform malicious activity. If you know about this file you can choose to ignore it to exclude it from future scans. The text we found in this file that matches a known malicious file is: ${“\x47\x4c\x4fB\x41\x4c\x53”}. The infection type is: A backdoor known as kidslug.

    • This topic was modified 1 year, 2 months ago by  twellibaum.
    • This topic was modified 1 year, 2 months ago by  twellibaum.
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  • Plugin Author chriscct7

    (@chriscct7)

    Hi there,
    The kidslug backdoor is mostly utilized by a series of automated malware attack platforms. What they do is target installs of WordPress with weak passwords or with out of date copies of specific types of plugins, particularly ones like Revslider. After gaining access through an existing security bug, they implant the code above to help out put the php superglobal $globals. For them they’d want to put it on a frontend file and our tracking file would be an easy place to do that because it outputs on the frontend

    In this case, MonsterInsights itself was never hacked, they just used the plugin editor system built into WordPress. On the contrary, due to it’s popularity and use in many high traffic (Fortune 500 sites) MonsterInsights regularly undergoes complete security audits both internal and external.

    We recommend websites use a WAF like Sucuri (they can also help clean up and investigate this type of thing) that can block a lot of the automated WordPress attacks automatically, and to enforce strong passwords for WordPress accounts.

    -Chris

    Thanks for the quick response. I like your plugin, and will reinstall it once our site is cleaned and secured.

    Plugin Author chriscct7

    (@chriscct7)

    Not a problem!

    If you’d like a checklist we recommend to have something to help follow, our company also runs WPBeginner and we maintain a comprehensive checklist of essential tasks to perform to keep your site secure that we update every few months: http://www.wpbeginner.com/wordpress-security/

    -Chris

    • This reply was modified 1 year, 2 months ago by  chriscct7.
    Plugin Author chriscct7

    (@chriscct7)

    – wp.org double posted the above reply –

    • This reply was modified 1 year, 2 months ago by  chriscct7.
    wiredafrican

    (@wiredafrican)

    Hello Chriscct7 and twellibaum

    Have you guys found a way to stop them using the plugin editor system built into WordPress?
    We are also being plagued by this $globals hack with kidslug and another one that Wordfence picks up (can’t remember what the other is called)

    Would luuuuuve to stop these guys!

    Thanks.

    Plugin Author chriscct7

    (@chriscct7)

    goatherd999

    (@goatherd999)

    I was hacked yesterday and MonsterInsights was installed and I then got this message from WP
    Warnings:

    * The Plugin “Google Analytics for WordPress by MonsterInsights” needs an upgrade (6.2.6 -> 7.0.6).

    https://wordpress.org/plugins/google-analytics-for-wordpress/#developers

    !!!! Also two other files installed xxx.php and db.php
    So be warned………….

    BTW I went to apply your code for wp-config and it was already there………. so obviously doesn’t work.

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