Custom Contact Forms Plugin Vulnerability

The web security team at Sucuri recently discovered a vulnerability in the Custom Contact Forms plugin.

If the Custom Contact Forms plugin is installed on your self-hosted WordPress site, your site’s security may be at risk, and you should upgrade to the latest version of the plugin immediately.

The vulnerability was fixed in version

We automatically updated the plugin for VaultPress customers. For the small number of cases where were not able to update the plugin we’ve emailed the site owners directly about updating.

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VaultPress + Akismet

Earlier this year, we announced new Akismet + VaultPress bundles available from

Now you can sign up for a bundle from too, to protect your site from security threats, unforeseen disasters, and spam. Head over to our plans page to take a look.


If you’re already a VaultPress user, you can take advantage of the bundle savings too. Just visit the Subscriptions & Billing page in your VaultPress dashboard and click “Change Plan” to switch to an Akismet Bundle.

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When you switch to a bundle, you’ll be given a new Akismet key instantly.

If you have any questions, let us know at Happy bundling!

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Connect through Jetpack for a free 5-day VaultPress Trial

We’re excited to announce that there’s a new and easy way to connect your Jetpack-powered WordPress site to VaultPress. With a single click, you can register for a free 5-day VaultPress trial and begin backing up your site immediately!

During your trial, you’ll have access to everything that VaultPress Lite has to offer, including daily backups, our automated site restore system, and support from our team of WordPress experts.

Great! How do I get started?

To use our one-click setup and free trial offer, you first need to install Jetpack and connect it to

Once Jetpack is connected, install the VaultPress plugin and head to the “VaultPress” page in your admin dashboard. From there, you can click the “Start free trial” button to connect to VaultPress.

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When you click the trial button, you’ll receive a free VaultPress Lite account to try for 5 days. Your site will be automatically connected to VaultPress, and your first backup will begin.

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What happens when my trial ends?

If you’d like to continue using VaultPress when your trial ends, you can subscribe by visiting your VaultPress dashboard and entering your credit card information. Here, you can also choose a different plan level or annual billing.

Your VaultPress account will be automatically linked to your account when you register through Jetpack. In order to access the VaultPress dashboard, you’ll need to log in using your username and password.

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If you decide that VaultPress is not for you, the service will be automatically canceled after the 5-day trial period ends. Please note that you don’t need to do anything.

We hope you’ll take VaultPress for a spin! If you have any questions, please send us a message at

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Fix for the MailPoet Plugin AKA wysija-newsletters

A vulnerability was found in the MailPoet Newsletters WordPress plugin ( known as wysija-newsletters at the plugin repository ). All versions below 2.6.7 of the plugin are vulnerable.

We’ve deployed a hot fix to VaultPress sites running the MailPoet plugin to protect you from this issue. This hot fix is included as part of the VaultPress 1.6.1 plugin.

When you are ready you should still update to the latest version of the MailPoet plugin. The hot fix that we pushed out addresses the vulnerability, so you have some time to review the update before upgrading.

Providing VaultPress with SSH, SFTP, or FTP connections allows us to push security updates like this to your sites as soon as we have hot fixes for them. You can provide the login credentials in the account dashboard.

If you have any questions about this update please drop us a note.

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Fix for TimThumb vulnerability

A serious vulnerability was recently discovered in the popular TimThumb script. TimThumb is a tool that is used to manipulate images, and is used by many themes and plugins. This vulnerability may allow users to execute certain malicious commands on affected servers.

If you subscribe to VaultPress Premium, we’ve already scanned your site for this vulnerability, and have sent email notifications to affected users. We’ve also launched a fixer that will allow you to patch vulnerable code with a single click. You can run this fixer from the Security page in your VaultPress dashboard.

All other VaultPress users should refer to their theme and plugin documentation, or contact their developer, to determine whether they are using TimThumb. You can also search your server for timthumb.php. If you’re running TimThumb, you should ensure that the vulnerable WebShot feature is disabled in timthumb.php.

You can manually disable the vulnerable WebShot feature in a few steps:

  • Locate the TimThumb script inside your themes and plugins. Generally the file will be named timthumb.php.
  • Open timthumb.php in your favorite text editor.
  • Search the file for WEBSHOT_ENABLED and ensure it is set to false.

As always, drop us a line if you have any questions!

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