Critical Flaw Discovered in Yoast SEO Plugin

yoastIf you’re using an SEO Plugin for your WordPress website, there’s a good chance you’re using the Yoast plugin. Last time we checked, there were 14,202,540 downloads of the plugin and counting.

Last week, it was revealed that Yoast SEO has a security flaw. The vulnerability allows unsavoury characters to gain unauthorised access to your WordPress account by using a blind SQL attack.

What versions of the plugin are vulnerable:

This vulnerability affects versions 1.5 through to

How to fix the problem if you use the Yoast SEO Plugin

A new version, 1.7.4, has already been released by Yoast that fixes the issue. Also, the WordPress.org team have put out a forced automatic update – this means there’s a good chance your plugin has been updated for you if you haven’t disabled your auto update settings. However, we recommend you login to your WordPress backend and ensure that the Yoast SEO plugin has been updated. If it hasn’t you should take action and update immediately.

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