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Is it true $wpdb->get_results is faster than WP_Query in most cases?

On my homepage, I have a section where I have to display the last five featured posts, where a featured post is simply a post with a custom field is_featured set to 1. I achieved what I want with two ...
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Folder Permissions + Security Concerns

I messed up bad guys. I while working on another part of my website I accidentally nuked my WordPress folder permissions. I was able to find/fix some problems and I got my site up and running but some ...
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Enforcing password complexity

We need to enforce password complexity in a wordpress site, we used this article: http://www.webtipblog.com/force-password-complexity-requirements-wordpress/ We created the following in ...
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What are the security reasons to disallow Microsoft Word uploads?

When I try uploading a .doc or .docx file I get this message: Sorry, this file type is not permitted for security reasons What are the security risks involved in a multisite installation ...
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Validating values using Settings API?

I'm using the Settings API to create options for plugin. Do I need to validate the input values for the security (for example stripslashes etc)? (I could not find that part in most of the tutorials). ...
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using .htaccess only for wordpress security no plugins

Right now I am using bulletproof wordpress security for my websites, but when i am installing W3 Total Cache plugin it gives me some errors related to .htaccess file and bulletproof wordpress security ...
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How to get WP to run plugin code triggered by an external site hook?

I have written a plugin to sync data from a WP blog to an external website. Changes to made to the external site also sync back to the WP blog. Right now the external website executes a POST request ...
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WordPress it's cleaning a custom query_var to avoid sql injections?

I am using get_query_var function to get a custom query_var. This query_var will be used later in to query arguments to retrieve posts with: $the_query = new WP_Query( $args ); . My question is, ...
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How can I safely use $_SERVER['REQUEST_URI'] to avoid XSS?

I've seen a lot of warnings about using $_SERVER['REQUEST_URI'] because it can open things up to XSS, but I haven't been able to find anything confirming a safe way to use it. Some people have ...
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SWF in wordpress post

My question is somewhat a two part question. First I embedded a SWF file into my blog post using Easy Flash Embed plugin. It shows up on my desktop computer but when I view the post on my mobile ...
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Session Cookie security questions

I am a .NET developer but I also administer all of our corporate websites, which are all Wordpress. I inherited the sites from someone who is no longer at my company. My company recently spent a ...
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wordpress admin security

I scan my website using different tool but it shows no malicious script. But when i see in admin dashboard i see strange symbol square below body tag. i tried to check admin index file,root index ...
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Securing a multi-user permission structure

I'm currently working on a team that needs two distinct users from the same wpadmin group to be able to modify the wordpress files. Following the guide at Hardening WordPress (Codex), the following ...
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404 errors in log showing urls with 'GET', plus and numerical code

My wordpress logs show 404 errors to URLs having the following pattern: http://example.com/path/++GET+http:/example/+0,48595,73506+- Web searches do not return answers because of the plus and minus ...
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wp-config.php file and code injection

It looks like several my sites on BlueHost got code injection in the wp-config.php file. Injected code itself looks like Any clue where it comes from? BH malware scan doesn't recognize that code so ...
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Strategies for coping with hyperagressive spambots?

A couple of my sites are getting slammed by a hyperagressive distributed spambot. It's just pure link spam. It all comes from one user name, but from a variety of IPs. Akismet is catching the spam, ...
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Restrict custom post type from appearing with ?post_types=

When appending the querystring post_types = "name of your post type", it displays all the posts. I am using a plugin that has its own custom post type which is restricted (only users that have ...
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Regarding plugin security

Is there any guarantee that the plugins I find on the wordpress site are legitimate and don't have any malicious code in them? Or is it up to me to check them? If so, what would be the best way to do ...
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How to Block Access to Standard Login Flow and Comment Flow

I've set up custom flows on my Wordpress blog for login, signup, and commenting. I would like to password protect the standard login flow so only I can use it, and block access entirely to the ...
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How to get WordPress to save upload file beyond web root

I am using nginx on a multisite install. I am trying to get WordPress to save uploads to a folder beyond the webroot : /home/mydomain/file_secure as opposed to ...
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When to use esc_html and when to use sanitize_text_field?

It seems that they do almost same type of job. So... When should I use esc_html() instead of sanitize_text_field()?
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Is wp_nonce_field vulnerable if you know the action name?

Is wp_nonce_field vulnerable if you know the action name? I am actually adding a hidden field with name = the name of the action name in my form so that my plugin can identify it. I want to know if ...
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How can I create a private site that is inaccessible from the outside?

I need a safe place where I can store data about projects that I am working on. This data includes text and files (pictures, sound and video). I want to create a private "blog" for this purpouse that ...
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Troll the hackers by redirecting them

My website is getting somewhat popular, and with the it's increasing popularity there's an increase in the hackers. Last night I visited my security logs and found that everyday approximately 10 ...
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Is $wpdb->prepare escaping to much? How to use it properly?

Im pretty much confused by $wpdb->prepare. I want to use it to sanitize user input but it turned out that it destroys the query. I cannot imagine that this is how it's intended to work but I can't ...
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Is WP vulnerable when updating plugins or themes?

Once, I had a problem that somehow someone managed to change files of my website without FTP or SSH credentials. Probably he got in through WP (probably it wasn't a 'he', but an 'it', a bot), we said ...
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How to give the same error message when the wrong password or wrong username is used?

For security reasons, my WordPress instance should give the same error message when an incorrect password or wrong username is used. How can it be done?
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xmlrpc.php act as threat to wordpress security? [duplicate]

please could any one suggest what are the necessary steps needs to make wordpress sites more secure. i know it is kind of general question but still if still any hacks which improves security of ...
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Can I make an ajax response cross-domain?

I am trying to make a single ajax response cross-domain. Is that possible? I tried something like this, but that did not work: function my_call_callback() { header("Access-Control-Allow-Origin: ...
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Secure my “add_settings_field” translation?

I am using "add_settings_field" and want to provide translation for it , but my problem is security. So is __('My Checbox:' , 'domain') secure enough for translation? If not what can I do about it? I ...
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Wordpress exploited theme is causing high io load on server

I used a Wordpress theme for a while that was causing high IO-load on my server. That was because there was some kind of exploits made/available for the theme: ...
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Changing WP location and wp-content folder name witouth loosing SEO

I'm trying to make my site the most efficient way as possible, and I find out thant changing lot of things in permalinks , security folders , etc, works pretty well. But what happen if the WP, is ...
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wordpress: only admin can access wp-content folder

as wp-content/ upload folder has public access and is accessible through url. for example: http://site.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/test.pdf i want to make it accessible by admin only.. it can ...
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How to hide easy access to my website temporarily?

I am developing a new website and I do not want others, except for my colleagues, to access it easily. I don't want it to be password protected because my colleagues are testing it intensively. Is ...
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Storing FTP details in wp-config.php

I'd like to hear about the security concerns for storing FTP details in wp-config.php on a shared server. It doesn't 'feel' safe to me. I'm using ManageWP to control sites on a shared server and have ...
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What kind of security does wp_handle_upload() provide?

According to the docs, wp_handle_upload(), will: Handle PHP uploads in WordPress, sanitizing file names, checking extensions for mime type, and moving the file to the appropriate directory within ...
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Specific way to allow Wordpress users to view their current password? And edit it?

I know the built in user manager doesn't allow a user to see what her current pass is, just recover / reset it via email or write in a new one in the admin but I am looking for a plugin or other ...
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Configuration File Safety [duplicate]

I'm new to PHP and WordPress and I've a few questions to ask about database and configuration file security. I hope you answer them. When I try to reach some wp sites config file by typing ...
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Why are xmlrpc.php and wp-cron.php being called so often?

I'm running a Wordpress website and I have found from the server logs that xmlrpc.php and wp-cron.php are being requested (POST requests, of course) very frequently--including some suspicious ips that ...
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Tips for finding SPAM links injected into the_content

I'm working on a client's site and I noticed that posts have a hidden <div> filled to SPAM links to dick pills, etc. Hoping to get lucky, I searched for some of the keywords in the database ...
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Is it necessary to use a WordPress nonce when allowing users to download public data?

I am using jQuery .load() to load the next page of WordPress posts after a button is clicked. The next page of posts is public data (no access restrictions on it whatsoever). Should I use a WordPress ...
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Do we need to escape data that we receive from theme options?

I'm creating a Wordpress theme that I'm hoping to sell on Themeforest. Now I know much about escaping user inputted data using functions like esc_html, esc_url and so on and I use them in the comments ...
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Renaming admin user on multisite install by MySQL

As part of a general tightening of security, I want to change the name of the admin user on my multisite install to something less commonly used. This user is admin on all five sites in the network ...
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Hide wp-login.php but not the widget

I have a website which is still under nascent construction stage: http://42charts.com . Lately I find that couple of users are registering themselves in my site. It seems like a bot as the mails IDs ...
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Restrict Access in Admin Panel

I want to restrict access to certain plugin pages / normal WP Pages. I've found a way to Hide these pages from the menu but currently not restrict them. For instance, I have an editor and I don't want ...
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Bots finding WP users list. How to hide? [duplicate]

I have been monitoring about 20 WP websites login attempts. About half of these websites get hit by bots on a monthly bases, attempting to guess the login. You can tell it's a bot because the pattern ...
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Inserting HTML elements into table with TinyMCE, security

I am working on a wordpress plugin where the administrator can fill out a form that adds products to a table. For most inputs I am using sanitize_text_field(), and then inserting the data. But for ...
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Able to go to WordPress admin even after deleting auth cookies from request headers

I discovered that if I remove my auth cookies from my browser's request header, I am still able to view a page. Steps: Log into my WordPress installation Go to the wp-admin page In Chrome, use the ...
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User meta and public function security

I am using stripe to setup a system of buying credits, which can be used on my wordpress site. I save credits using wordpress user meta, and I increment those credits after a successful transaction ...
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Remove hacked code - out of ideas! [closed]

I've been working on a project which keeps getting some PHP inserted into the config.php file and it's causing a lot of issues with SEO. I'll paste in a sample of it (it's quite long) after this ...