Are you using SEOPress on your WordPress website?

What is SEOPress?

SEO Press is a popular WordPress SEO plugin that helps you with your SEO for your website.

If you have the plugin installed, you need to check the version, as an exploit has recently been found that affects the plugin, and could compromise your website.

That sounds serious – what is wrong with it?

To quote the WordFence team :

The SEOPress – On-site SEO plugin for WordPress is vulnerable to Stored Cross-Site Scripting via the plugin’s social image URL in all versions up to, and including, 7.9 due to insufficient input sanitization and output escaping on user supplied image URLs. This makes it possible for authenticated attackers with contributor-level and above permissions to inject arbitrary web scripts in pages that will execute whenever a user accesses an injected page.

Wordfence Vulnerability Database

Here’s the link to the full article is you want to read up a little more:

Ok, I am using the plugin – what do I need to do?

Luckily, it’s quite easy to fix the issue – you just need to update your plugin to a version greater than 7.9.

You can check the version in the ‘Plugin’ section in your WordPress dashboard – here’s a screen shot:

If you’re at version 7.9 or below, it’s time to update the plugin.

What if I’m not that familiar with WordPress – how can I keep my site up to date?

If you’re ok with adding content to your WordPress website (Blog Posts, Images or Products if you have an e-commerce website) then it’s not too difficult to update Plugins & your WordPress Version – But if you don’t have the time to spare to keep an eye on all things WordPress, The Web Creatives can help!

We have WordPress Care Plans starting from £19.99 a month which will help you to keep your WP site running smoothly – and have options for increased Security & Monitoring too. If you’d like to find out more, here’s a link to our WP Care Plan Page:

…And Finally

We don’t just help with running your WordPress website – we can help with refreshing an existing website, adding new features or even a new build or re-build.

If you have any web-based questions, feel free to ask – we’re always happy to talk websites 😊