(Locked) Slider Revolution Plugin Critical Vulnerability Being Exploited

Mika Epstein, Ipstenu, of Dreamhost, notified us today of a serious vulnerability in the WordPress Slider Revolution Premium plugin which was patched silently.

It turns out that the vulnerability was disclosed via some underground forums, this led to a fix by the developers a few weeks later. The developer did not see a need to disclose this vulnerability to anyone, including it’s user base.

This a very popular plugin, and appears to be one of the most downloaded slider plugins from Envato’s Marketplace – Code Canyon. It also appears to be bundled in theme packages so be sure to check your theme / plugins.

This is an example of where things go terribly wrong.

In this situation, a very popular plugin developer decided it was best not to disclose to anyone, in return patching silently. Mind you, this vulnerability was already disclosed as a Zero Day via underground forums, which you would have thought would incentivize a developer to work quickly and disclose even faster. No, instead a different course of action was taken.

Now, the vulnerability is being actively exploited in the wild. Yes, the vulnerability is severe enough that the attackers are able to compromise websites through it.

WordPress Slider Revolution Vulnerability

About 2 months ago someone publicly disclosed a serious vulnerability in the Slider Revolution Premium WordPress Plugin that allows a remote attacker to download any file from the server.

The proof of concept shared via underground sites shows how someone can easily download the wp-config.php:


This is used to steal the database credentials, which then allows you to compromise the website via the database.

This type of vulnerability is known as a Local File Inclusion (LFI) attack. The attacker is able to access, review, download a local file on the server. This, in case you’re wondering is a very serious vulnerability that should have been addressed immediately.

Local File Inclusion (also known as LFI) is the process of including files on a server through the web browser.


Attacks in the wild

We thought it’d be in our interest to see how active attacks against this vulnerability were. We turned to our WAF logs and found that this vulnerability is being actively attacked in the wild. Today alone, there were 64 different IP addresses trying to trigger this vulnerability on more than 1,000 different websites within our environment.

Here is a snippet of what to look for in your access logs: - - [02/Sep/2014…] “GET /wp-admin/admin-ajax.php?action=revslider_show_image&img=…/wp-config.php HTTP/1.1” 403 1082 - - [02/Sep/2014…] “GET /wp-admin/admin-ajax.php?action=revslider_show_image&img=…/wp-config.php HTTP/1.1” 403 226 - - [02/Sep/2014…] “GET /wp-admin/admin-ajax.php?action=revslider_show_image&img=…/wp-config.php HTTP/1.1” 403 226 - - [02/Sep/2014…] “GET /wp-admin/admin-ajax.php?action=revslider_show_image&img=…/wp-config.php HTTP/1.1” 403 1 - - [02/Sep/2014…] “GET /wp-admin/admin-ajax.php?action=revslider_show_image&img=…/wp-config.php HTTP/1.1” 403 11 - - [02/Sep/2014…] “GET /wp-admin/admin-ajax.php?action=revslider_show_image&img=…/wp-config.php HTTP/1.1” 403 11 - - [02/Sep/2014…] “GET /wp-admin/admin-ajax.php?action=revslider_show_image&img=…/wp-config.php HTTP/1.1” 403 11 - - [02/Sep/2014…] “GET /wp-admin/admin-ajax.php?action=revslider_show_image&img=…/wp-config.php HTTP/1.1” 403 1 - - [02/Sep/2014:…] “GET /wp-admin/admin-ajax.php?action=revslider_show_image&img=…/wp-config.php HTTP/1.1” 403 7269 - - [02/Sep/2014…] “GET /wp-admin/admin-ajax.php?action=revslider_show_image&img=…/wp-config.php HTTP/1.1” 403 11
It appears that via our environment, the attack appears to begin on August 09th, growing significantly on Aug 19:


Yes, if you are a client of our Website Firewall you are already being protected via our virtual hardening and patching mechanisms. No, if you leverage the latest WordPress Security utility plugin you are likely not being protected.

Update now!

If you use the WordPress Slider Revolution Premium plugin, you have to update it immediately! We also wish the developers were more open and had publicized the issue and alerted their customers of the problem beforehand. This type of action is an example of what not to do, especially if you find out about the issue via a 0Day disclosure.

for more details read from here : http://blog.sucuri.net/2014/09/slider-revolution-plugin-critical-vulnerability-being-exploited.html


AFAIK they have fixed it and it’s noted on their update log:

Version 4.2 SkyWood (25th February 2014) including Security Fix



That’s true… sorry for that.

This only affects the wp version i guess right?


like Iman wrote the problem was fixed 29 updates back in 4.2 in February. We were told not to make the exploit public by several security companies so that the instructions of how to hack the slider will not appear on the web.

You should always keep the slider up to date like any other WordPress component but urgently need to do this when using Version 4.1.4 or below in order to fix the security issue. Please use the included autoupdate feature (we solve issues within hours and update nearly every two weeks if nothing special needs a faster frequency).

We are sorry for you guys out there whose slider came bundled with a theme and the theme author did not update the slider. Since you cannot use the included autoupdate function please contact your theme author and inform him about his failure!

Best regards,

Cheers from your Team @ ThemePunch

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@jota_themes : Yes, that only affects the Old Wordpress version before 4.1.5. We had 29 updates since that version, and we fixed the issue within a few hours also. As with all plugins and themes it is very important that you are always on the latest version to avoid any security threats and any other bugs.



This thread I guess should be closed.