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Checking for Genericons XSS vulnerability

Following a Sucuri announcement regarding JetPack and TwentyFifteen vulnerability to DOM-based XSS, I’ve come up with a quick way to scan all websites on our servers and check if they are vulnerable.

So I thought this may come in handy to other system administrators as well:

find /home/*/public_html -type f -name "example.html" | grep "genericons"

… which will return a list of locations containing the offending file. It isn’t the most elegant solution, but it does the job. Of course, you may need to adjust it to your environment (e.g. /home2, /home3 etc..).

The list of files will look something like this:

/home/userone/public_html/wp-content/themes/twentyfifteen/genericons/example.html
/home/usertwo/public_html/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/_inc/genericons/example.html

File example.html from genericons directory can safely be removed. But, since deleting files from customers accounts is considered to be a bad practice, you may want to contact and ask them to do it themselves instead.

That way you’ll show that you’re being proactive with security – which is always a good thing in today’s competitive market.

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