A WordPress plug-in that's supposed to help with GDPR compliance contains a dangerous privilege escalation vulnerability that attackers have been actively exploiting to compromise websites.

Known as the WP GDPR Compliance plug-in, the software module helps ensure compliance with Europe's General Data Protection Regulation by providing tools through which site visitors can permit use of their personal data or request data stored by the website's database. Its bug was discovered by the WordPress.org Plugin Directory Team on Nov. 6 and patched the very next day in version 1.4.3.

According to a blog post from WordPress security solution provider Wordfence, over 100,000 users of the popular content management system have installed the GDPR plug-in. These users remain at risk unless they have already updated the software.

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