WordPress TimThumb Critical Security Update

Number: AV14-052
Date: 27 June 2014

Purpose

The purpose of this advisory is to bring attention to Critical Security Update for WordPress TimThumb.

Assessment

TimThumb (WordPress Plugin) has released an update to patch a Code Execution Exploit which, if left unpatched, could allow an attacker to execute commands on a website remotely and therefore create, remove and modify any files on the hosting webserver.

Affected versions:
TimThumb 2.8.13 and earlier versions.

Suggested action

CCIRC recommends that owner/operators test and deploy the vendor released update or workaround to affected platforms accordingly.

References

TimThumb update
http://timthumb.googlecode.com/svn/trunk/timthumb.php

TimThumb Project Homepage
http://www.binarymoon.co.uk/projects/timthumb/

Note to Readers

In support of Public Safety's mission to build a safe and resilient Canada, CCIRC's mandate is to help ensure the security and resilience of the vital non-federal government cyber systems that underpin Canada's national security, public safety and economic prosperity. As Canada's computer security incident response team, CCIRC is Canada's national coordination centre for the prevention and mitigation of, preparedness for, response to, and recovery from cyber incidents on non-federal government systems. It does this by providing authoritative advice and support, and coordinating information sharing and incident response.

Please note, CCIRC PGP key has recently been updated.
http://www.publicsafety.gc.ca/cnt/ntnl-scrt/cbr-scrt/_fl/CCIRCPublicPGPKey.txt

For general information, please contact Public Safety Canada's Public Affairs division at:

Telephone: 613-944-4875 or 1-800-830-3118
Fax: 613-998-9589
E-mail: ps.communications-communications.sp@canada.ca

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