Stored XSS in Social Warfare WordPress plugin

Published: 2019-03-21 | Updated: 2019-03-25
Risk High
Patch available YES
Number of vulnerabilities 1
CVE ID CVE-2019-9978
Exploitation vector Network
Public exploit This vulnerability is being exploited in the wild.
Vulnerable software
WordPress Social Sharing Plugin – Social Warfare
Web applications / Modules and components for CMS

Vendor Warfare Plugins

Security Advisory

UPDATED: 22.03.2019
Vulnerability name and description were updated according to analysis. Risk level was lowered from Critical to High.

UPDATED: 25.03.2019
Assigned CVE-ID.

1) Cross-site scripting

Risk: High

CVSSv3: 6.9 [CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:C/C:L/I:L/A:N/E:H/RL:O/RC:C] [PCI]

CVE-ID: CVE-2019-9978

CWE-ID: CWE-79 - Improper Neutralization of Input During Web Page Generation ('Cross-site Scripting')

Exploit availability: No


The vulnerability allows a remote attacker to perform cross-site scripting attacks.

The vulnerability exists due to usage of the eval() JavaScript call on data passed via the  "swp_url" HTTP GET parameter to "/wp-admin/admin-post.php" script, when "swp_debug" is set to "load_options", allowing to permanently inject and execute arbitrary JavaScript code on the website. A remote unauthenticated attacker can store a specially crafted JavaScript code into database and execute it in browser of every website visitor.

Note: this vulnerability is being actively exploited in the wild.

Exploitation example:



Update to version 3.5.3.

Vulnerable software versions

WordPress Social Sharing Plugin – Social Warfare: 3.5.1, 3.5.2

CPE External links

Q & A

Can this vulnerability be exploited remotely?

Yes. This vulnerability can be exploited by a remote non-authenticated attacker via the Internet.

Is there known malware, which exploits this vulnerability?

Yes. This vulnerability is being exploited in the wild.