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posted by mrpg on Friday January 12 2018, @04:15AM   Printer-friendly
from the pen-and-paper-are-better dept.

The Wordfence blog has an examination of an emerging attack on the Wordpress ecosystem.

[...] In the software industry, a supply chain attack exploits a trusted relationship between software vendors or authors and their customers. For WordPress, that means figuring out how to embed malware into software updates. In one case, we saw an existing plugin author install malware on customer sites in an effort to monetize an existing plugin. In every other case we have uncovered, the attack was carried out by someone who had purchased the plugin with the express intention of attacking its users.

This is a follow-up to December's discovery of backdoor code in three mildly popular plug-ins. Those otherwise-trusted plug-ins had been purchased from the original developer by a third party, who then injected malicious code in subsequent updates.

In the last two weeks, the repository has closed three plugins because they contained content-injection backdoors. ... Each of them had been purchased in the previous six months as part of the same supply chain attack, with the goal of injecting SEO spam into the sites running the plugins.

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  • (Score: 2) by halcyon1234 on Friday January 12 2018, @03:27PM (2 children)

    by halcyon1234 (1082) Subscriber Badge on Friday January 12 2018, @03:27PM (#621400)
    WTF? This article and the one you linked to are by two different authors.
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  • (Score: 4, Funny) by Pino P on Friday January 12 2018, @04:20PM (1 child)

    by Pino P (4721) on Friday January 12 2018, @04:20PM (#621422) Journal

    And now you say it has been done.

    WTF? This article and the one you linked to are by two different authors.

    It makes sense if "you" is plural, referring to all of SN's editors.

    Unfortunately, in most dialects of modern English, "you" (singular) and "you" (plural) look the same. Up through early modern English, the singular was "thou", but that has fallen out of use outside quoting stage plays or Bible translations from the 17th century. Dixie-influenced English dialects have developed "y'all" (< "you all") as the plural form, and "yinz" (< "you ones") is used in parts of Pennsylvania. The New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures renders Hebrew and Greek forms corresponding to plural "you" in small caps. But there's no standard way to tell them apart.

    • (Score: 2) by nobu_the_bard on Friday January 12 2018, @07:40PM

      by nobu_the_bard (6373) on Friday January 12 2018, @07:40PM (#621506)

      There are parts of New Jersey and New York where "y'all" instead is used for a singular "you", in case you were hoping maybe clarity might yet win out.