Over 300.00 Vulnerable WordPress Catch Themes Plugin Installations

Security researchers from WPScan and Wordfence have identified seventeen plugins released by Catch Plugins (a division of Catch Themes, LLC) that have vulnerabilities. These vulnerabilities are considered high and can allow an attacker to modify plugin configurations.

Cross-Site Request Counterfeiting (CSRF)

A user authentication exploit (without ability check) and a website request forgery (CSRF) vulnerability affects 17 plugins released by Catch Themes.

These vulnerabilities allow any logged-in user, even a subscriber, to make changes that are generally reserved for WordPress users with the highest editing privileges, such as the website administrator.

According to WordPress security plugin publisher WPScan:


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“Several plugins from the CatchThemes provider do not perform capacity and CSRF checks in the ctp_switch AJAX action, which could allow any authenticated user, such as the subscriber, to change the plug-in configurations. “

Wordfence Reports Vulnerability in Catch Demo Import WordPress Plugin

Wordfence has also published an advisory on a critical vulnerability discovered in one of these plugins, the Catch Theme Demo Import (versions up to and including version 1.7).

Capture themes Demo Import the WordPress plugin turned out to have a Arbitrary File Download Vulnerability.

It is not known how severe this specific vulnerability is. The vulnerability was rated by Wordfence as 9.1 on a scale of 1 to 10 and described as critical. However, the vulnerability was listed in the US government’s National Vulnerability Database with a rating of 7.2 (high).


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According to Wordfence:

The Catch Themes demo import WordPress plugin is vulnerable to arbitrary file downloads via the import functionality found in the ~ / inc / CatchThemesDemoImport.php file, in versions up to and including 1.7, due to insufficient file type validation “

Wordfence recommends upgrading to version 1.8 or newer.

Vulnerabilities Discovered in Seventeen Catch WordPress Themes Plugins

WPScan lists seventeen WordPress Catch Themes plugins that have been discovered to have vulnerabilities. All seventeen have been disclosed to the publisher of the plugin and have been fixed.

More than 300,000 installations affected

Most of the seventeen plugins are very popular.

These are the 10 most popular Catch Themes plugins, with the number of installs listed next to them.

Ten Most Popular Vulnerable Catch Theme Plugins

  1. Up80,000 Installations
  2. Type of essential contents – 50,000 installations
  3. Capture ID40,000 installations
  4. Catch the web tools20,000 installations
  5. Social gallery and widget20,000 installations
  6. Catch the Infinite Scroll20,000 installations
  7. Capture gallery20,000 installations
  8. Essential widgets20,000 installations
  9. Catch Instagram Feed Gallery & Widget20,000 installations
  10. Catch Themes Demo Import10,000 installations

Seventeen Vulnerable Catch Theme Plugins

Here are the seventeen plugins reported by WPScan as having a vulnerability which was subsequently fixed:

  1. Essential widgets
    Fixed in version 1.9
  2. Up
    Fixed in version 2.3
  3. Header improvement
    Fixed in version 1.5
  4. Generate a child theme
    Fixed in version 1.6
  5. Essential types of content
    Fixed in version 1.9
  6. Catch the web tools
    Fixed in version 2.7
  7. Under construction
    Fixed in version 1.4
  8. Catch Themes Demo Import
    Fixed in version 1.6
  9. Catch the sticky menu
    Fixed in version 1.7
  10. Capture scroll progress bar
    Fixed in version 1.6
  11. Catch Instagram Feed Gallery & Widget
    Fixed in version 2.3
  12. Catch the Infinite Scroll
    Fixed in version 1.9
  13. Capture Import Export
    Fixed in version 1.9
  14. Capture gallery
    Fixed in version 1.7
  15. Capture the duplicate switch
    Fixed in version 1.6
  16. Catch the breadcrumbs
    Fixed in version 1.7
  17. Capture ID
    Fixed in version 2.4


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Users are recommended to consider updating to the latest versions of the plugin

Publishers who use affected Catch Themes plugins and want to avoid the unintended consequences of using vulnerable versions of those plugins should consider upgrading to the latest versions of the plugins now available.

Failure to do so may result in unnecessary exposure to a hacking event.


Read the WPScan review on Catch Themes plugins

Several plugins from CatchThemes – Modification of plugin settings not allowed

Wordfence Advisory of Catch Themes Plugin

Catch Themes Demo Import

National Vulnerability Database Catch Themes Plugins Reviews

Catch Themes Demo Import the vulnerability of the WordPress plugin CVE-2021-39352 Detail


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National Vulnerability List of Multiple Catch Theme Plugins Vulnerability Database

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