Upgrade pyLoad Now to Patch Severe CSRF Vulnerability

CVECVE-2024-22416
CVSScvssV3_1: 9.7
SourceCVE-2024-22416

PyLoad is a popular open source download manager that unfortunately contains a serious security flaw. Researchers have discovered that pyLoad’s API allows GET requests to be made without properly verifying the source of the request.

This means that any API call can be initiated by another site without the user’s knowledge or consent. Attackers could craft a malicious website or advertisement to make API calls on behalf of any visitor, allowing them to download files, delete downloads, or modify pyLoad’s settings without permission.

This is a classic Cross-Site Request Forgery (CSRF) attack that has plagued many websites and web applications over the years. By not setting the “SameSite” cookie attribute to “strict”, pyLoad left itself vulnerable to CSRF attacks from other domains.

All pyLoad users should immediately upgrade to version 0.5.0b3.dev78 or later. This release patches the vulnerability by properly protecting API requests with CSRF tokens. Failing to update exposes your download activity and pyLoad configuration to potential abuse from unauthorized third-parties on the web. Staying on outdated versions could have serious consequences.

To protect yourself, simply open pyLoad and select the “Check for Updates” option to automatically download and install the latest security fix. Regularly keeping pyLoad and all software up-to-date is one of the best ways to stay cyber secure in today’s threat landscape.

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