Password Reset Required for Plugin Authors

As a follow-up on the Andrew Wilder (NerdPress) and Chloe Chamberland (WordFence) reports that uncovered a limited number of compromised plugins, the PluginPlugin A plugin is a piece of software containing a group of functions that can be added to a WordPress website. They can extend functionality or add new features to your WordPress websites. WordPress plugins are written in the PHP programming language and integrate seamlessly with WordPress. These can be free in the Plugin Directory or can be cost-based plugin from a third-party Review team would like to provide more details about the case.

We identified that some plugin authors were reusing passwords exposed in data breaches elsewhere. The compromised accounts were not the result of an exploit on The community site where WordPress code is created and shared by the users. This is where you can download the source code for WordPress core, plugins and themes as well as the central location for community conversations and organization. Instead, the attackers used recycled passwords to add malicious code to a few plugins on the Plugin Directory.

First, out of an abundance of caution, additional plugin releases have been paused, and all new plugin commits temporarily need approval by the team. This way, we have the opportunity to confirm that the attackers cannot add malicious code to more plugins.

Update: Plugin releases are no longer paused. The SVNSVN Short for "SubVersioN", it's the code management system used to maintain the plugins hosted on It's similar to git. repository works as usual.

We have begun to force reset passwords for all plugin authors, as well as other users whose information was found by security researchers in data breaches. This will affect some users’ ability to interact with or perform commits until their password is reset.

Information about password deactivations

You will receive an email from the Plugin Directory when it is time for you to reset your password. There is no need to take action before you’re notified.

Your password was deactivated if you are a plugin author or committer. If you have an existing open session on, you will be logged out and need to reset your password.

To reset your password and regain access to your account, follow these steps:

  1. Go to
  2. Click on the link “Lost password?”
  3. Enter your username
  4. Click the “Get new password” button
  5. Open your email and click the link to set a new password

Once you have reset your password, we encourage you to enable 2FA for your accounts and follow the recently outlined best practices. If you encounter any issues, please contact We will never ask you for your password via email.