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Reported WordPress Vulnerabilities Continue to Increase

March 7, 2024, Written by 0 comment

In the landscape of digital security, WordPress commands the stage as the most utilised content management system (CMS), powering a myriad of websites worldwide. This dominance, however, also places it in the crosshairs of cyber threats. Recent analysis of Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVEs) reports illuminate an increasing security challenge that website owners and developers must navigate to safeguard their online environments.

Steady Increase in Security Vulnerabilities Reported in 2023 and 2024

An examination of CVE reports from early 2020 through the present unveils an upward trend in WordPress vulnerabilities. This rising tide of security threats underscores the importance of continuous vigilance and robust security measures within the WordPress ecosystem.

Notably, January and February of 2024 have been marked as the months with the second and third highest number of reported vulnerabilities ever reported. This trend indicates a pressing need for heightened security awareness and preventive action in the WordPress community.

The growth in CVE reporting can be attributed to several key factors. The platform’s popularity and the extensive use of its plugin and theme ecosystem are significant contributors. As WordPress continues to grow, so too does its susceptibility to potential security vulnerabilities, which emphasizes the need for a proactive approach to security.

Driving Factors Behind Increasing CVE Reports

Increased Security Awareness and Reporting: The rise in reported vulnerabilities is partly due to greater awareness among security researchers and the WordPress community at large. Bug bounty programs and other security initiatives have motivated the discovery and reporting of vulnerabilities, leading to improvements in the ecosystem’s security.

Progress in Security Research Tools: The availability of advanced tools and methods for security analysis has made it easier to identify vulnerabilities. This progress has been instrumental in the observed increase in CVE reports.

Plugins and Themes as Vulnerability Sources: Many vulnerabilities are found in third-party plugins and themes. While the WordPress core is regularly maintained, its vast ecosystem can introduce security gaps if not carefully managed.


Andrew is a Wordpress enthusiast, web developer and founder of WP Care.