Backdoor in Captcha Plugin Affects 300K WordPress Sites

Check your WordPress sites for this plugin and remove it

 

The WordPress repository recently removed the plugin Captcha over what initially appeared to be a trademark issue with the current author using “WordPress” [Editors note: the original page has been removed, we’re now linking to a screen shot.] in their brand name.

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A backdoor file allows an attacker, or in this case, a plugin author, to gain unauthorized administrative access to your website. This backdoor creates a session with user ID 1 (the default admin user that WordPress creates when you first install it), sets authentication cookies, and then deletes itself.

The backdoor installation code is unauthenticated, meaning anyone can trigger it. We will edit this post to include a proof of concept after 30 days with technical details on how the backdoor installation and execution works.

Source: Backdoor in Captcha Plugin Affects 300K WordPress Sites