CVSS 3.1 Score 9.8 of 10 (high)


Published Feb 5, 2024
Updated: Feb 13, 2024


CVE-2023-6989 is a vulnerability found in the Shield Security – Smart Bot Blocking & Intrusion Prevention Security plugin for WordPress. It affects all versions up to and including 18.5.9. The vulnerability allows an unauthenticated attacker to exploit Local File Inclusion by manipulating the render_action_template parameter, which could result in the inclusion and execution of PHP files on the server, enabling the execution of arbitrary PHP code. The vulnerability poses a significant danger to organizations using the affected plugin, as it can lead to unauthorized access and potential compromise of sensitive data. To remediate this vulnerability, users should update their Shield Security plugin to a version beyond 18.5.9 or apply any patches provided by the plugin developer.


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