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Amazon Affiliate Websites on WordPress are affected by “kpembed-20” bug (Proofs Included)

Wordpress 5.2 was released in may 2019 and an open source developer made a feature that adds affiliate tracking code when you paste amazon product URL in editor.

WordPress is one of the biggest open-source platforms in the work listing for almost 30 of the whole web and there are more than 11,00,000+ websites that are associated with the amazon affiliate website is affected by its a new bug.

Independent publishers and news companies consider amazon affiliate as a great medium to advertise and most of them use WordPress to put their content online beacuse of it’s simplicity.

WordPress has 1.3 billion users across the world.

When the issue arrised?

The report says as the amazon default embed option came with a version of WordPress 5.2 which was released in May 2019.

How was it found?

When the SEO was trying to optimize the content on his website he observed when naked lin was pated on the dashboard, the links were getting embedded with kindle reader with an affiliate ID.

Hence, If you copy a product URL without affiliate id and paste directly on your editor panel, it will embed on your editor with affiliate id “kpembed-20″.

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Here is a live example of how it looks

 

Is it fixed?

No, It’s not has been fixed. You can report and make the bug get fixed faster on WordPress’s official bug report page.

 

 

What can you do to temporarily not get affected?

Do not paste any amazon link directly in the editor, rather hyperlink your URL on a text on Button.

TheDigitalHacker was Reported By:

STABLX, An affiliate website SEO agency company from Hyderabad, India through our Report a Bug news page.

 

WordPress core Developer/Commuter has replied to the issue and mentioned that the issue isn’t from WordPress core but the affiliate id comes with the embed code offered by amazon.

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