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CVE-2017-18542 Scanner

Detects 'Cross-Site Scripting (XSS)' vulnerability in Zendesk Help Center plugin for WordPress affects v. before 1.0.5.


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Single Scan

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Estimated Time

10 sec

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Domain, Ipv4




Zendesk Help Center plugin for WordPress is an exceptional tool designed to seamlessly integrate your website's support system with your Zendesk Help Center. Widely adopted by businesses and organizations that utilize WordPress as their platform, this plugin empowers users to access their help center articles, community posts, and other essential information directly from their own website without the need for users to navigate to an external web page.

Vulnerability Overview

A critical security vulnerability, identified by the CVE code CVE-2017-18542, has been discovered in this widely-used plugin. The vulnerability falls under the Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) category, which, if exploited, could put users of the Zendesk Help Center plugin for WordPress at risk. With a successful XSS attack, malicious actors can perform unauthorized actions on behalf of users and intercept sensitive user information.

While there have been no publicized actual instances of attackers exploiting this vulnerability, it's important to consider the potential threats and act proactively before any damage is done to your website and sensitive user data.

Vulnerability Details

The CVE-2017-18542 vulnerability affects the Zendesk Help Center plugin versions before 1.0.5 for WordPress. This specific XSS vulnerability arises from multiple issues within the plugin, making it possible for attackers to inject malicious scripts into targeted web pages via crafted inputs.

If successfully exploited, attackers could potentially:

  • Access sensitive user data and credentials
  • Impersonate users and perform malicious actions
  • Compromise the integrity of your website
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