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Disabled plugins are the security holes - rumor or reality?

I've read many WordPress Security blog articles, where the Security Experts're recommending some special matters to take care when somebody is concern about his/her WordPress site's security. Among ...
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Safe way to allow sample HTML code in comments?

I see that post comments do not allow short snippets of sample HTML code to be entered for safety reasons. But if you have a blog where you expect to have conversations about code, how do you handle ...
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Security: How to disallow viewing/browsing by author? [duplicate]

I've already inserted htaccess code to disallow searching for users by numeric id. However, one can still manually input a user name to view/browse by author, e.g. http://mywpsite.com/author/peter/ ...
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How to escape shortcode content? Do I even need to escape or validate?

I've written a small shortcode that wraps it's content into a HTML element, like so: [my_shortcode]The sun is shining today.[/my_shortcode] In my shortcode function, I basically return the string ...
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Nonces and Cache

It's clear that form submissions and AJAX requests, especially sensible ones, need "nonces" to avoid certain exploits. However, with heavy use of caching systems it becomes harder to generate them ...
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Restrict Content for only Contributors via .htaccess

I have been using this code to restrict content download from wp-content/uploads for only logged in users: RewriteEngine On RewriteBase / # Add these lines right after the preceding two ...
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Is it safe to hand over the admin rights?

I have a shared web hosting account where I have several different websites running on WordPress. I want to hand over the admin rights for one of my WordPress installs to someone and I am wondering ...
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Malware/Permission bug removal?

I'm facing a hell of a problem on a client's WP theme. Whenever I try to 'Activate' it, it gives me the following errors on a blank page: Warning: ...
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Config file with no Keys..?

I'm working on a site for someone that doesn't have any keys in the wp-config file. Isn't this a serious issue? I know I can generate these but I wonder if this will have any side-effects..also, is ...
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Permission of uploads folder [duplicate]

My Wordpress site was hacked today. When I investigated, I noticed that there were some malicious files under wp-content/uploads/ folder. I had set the permission of uploads folder to 777 for ...
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Make password invalid once logged out of password-protected page

In a WP-based site I have a custom form which I need to hide from the general public and give access to only a select few who would then get a password from me, enter it and access the form and submit ...
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Moving wordpress out of the public directory

Is there a way to move wordpress out of the public html directory? The PHP files responsible for generating html output should be hosted but the php files responsible for database connections and ...
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How does Cross Site Scripting (XSS) work exactly? [closed]

On WordCamp Europe I attended the talk by Brad Williams on Writing Secure WordPress Code and I would like to make sure that I implement these tips in my own code. In his presentation he gives the ...
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What is the Best Way to Secure a Commercial Wordpress Plugin? [duplicate]

A friend has built a very powerful Wordpress plugin that was build mainly for his own use - and now he is considering opening it up to the public by selling it, but... But he's concerned that it will ...
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Confusion on WP Nonce usage in my Plugin

I created a small plugin where users can set multiple featured image by clicking Add New link from the meta box and remove them as well. The user can use Set featured image link to select featured ...
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Why does WordPress need my private ssh key to update?

Configuring WordPress to update within the application (i.e. WordPress) is ideal for me because of its convenience. Nonetheless, I'm troubled by the requirements. The requested fields that show up ...
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Step by Step Instructions for Making Media/Uploads Private to Only Logged-In Users

all. I found this site via a Google search that led me to this topic: How to Protect Uploads, if User is not Logged In? It looks like that solution would work for my situation (including hakre's ...
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Allowing access to certain Wordpress created pages or posts with htaccess / htpasswd

Trying to figure out how to give access to a certain page, lets say http://mypage.com/page and not letting people access the main index via http://mypage.com. Or just simply disallow access to ...
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wp_insert_comment and security

I am using wp_insert_comment to offer an in-house better ajax conditional comments interface. i got it all working great. my only question is. What security measures should i take to make sure i ...
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Unwanted Links and Spam Wordpress Pages and Posts

In webmaster tools I have a number of crawling errors of the Google spider. for example http://mydomain.com/my-page/de/roulette.html They say they cannot crawl to this page.. but what kind of page ...
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checking the form submit in right order

With help from experts on this site, I have been able to put together a plugin that allows to choose and submit categories from the front-end. Further, in order to make it a bit more secure I have ...
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How do I determine if the user who registered is not spam?

I've recently set up a forum on my site with the bbpress-plugin. Now a user has registered on the site but the email-adress looks suspicious to me. How can I determine if the user is real? Is there a ...
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Hiding Media Source Links

I inserted an image onto my page from my WordPress media (Add Media -> Media Library -> Link To = None). However, when I right click on the page to view the source, I noticed the address to my media. ...
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Form That Submits Content Securely

I have built a WP site for a client. One of the pages has a form which my client's customers will use to submit material to my client, and one of the required fields is a file upload. My client ...
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hardened wordpress linux install

Are there any best practices for wordpress hardened install on Linux? I have recently had a WAMP server get malware attacked via word press so I want to harden the server up using read only apache ...
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Secret keys in SCM

I have a WordPress installation in a Git repository and I'm wondering, if it's safe to have the 8 "secret keys" stored in there, or if I should insert them during deploy.
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Is that a malicious code?

Recently I have downloaded a wordpress theme . I use Theme Authenticity Checker (TAC) (http://wordpress.org/plugins/tac/) plugin to find any malicious data . According to it's report the theme ...
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Best Way to Enable Two Step Authentication

I'm looking for a bit of guidance on setting up a two step authentication system in WordPress. I've looked at a few of the main plugins and they seem to fall in to two camps: Add an extra field to ...
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Safe to say WordPress security releases don't have database upgrades

Since all security releases are based on last released codebase + security patch, I think its safe to say WordPress security releases don't have database upgrades, but I figured I will ask my fellow ...
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277 views

Selectively Disabling PHP via .htaccess in Root Directory

I'm reading up on securing WordPress and one of the commonly suggested techniques is to use an .htaccess file to disallow PHP execution in wp-content and wp-includes. I then read about another hack ...
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Why do Metabox use Nonces?

Why is it advised for admin panel metaboxes to use nonces? Every example I see of creation and saving metabox data there are nonces involved but aren't nonces a bit unnecessary in this case?
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Do Cookies Need to be Sanatized Before Being Saved?

I recently wrote a plugin and now I'm backtracking a bit to sanitize any and all user input. I know that I should sanitize anything that comes from $_GET or $_POST as a user can insert malicious ...
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Can I Remove xmlrpc.php completely?

My site is getting a lot of malicious traffic to domain.com/xmlrpc.php, to the point that the server is not being able to handle it. I tried to disable it via the wp-config.php, by adding this line: ...
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I found this in a plugin. What does it do? is it dangerous?

I found this in a plugin. What does it do? is it dangerous? add_action('admin_enqueue_scripts', 'pw_load_scripts'); if (!function_exists('wp__head'){ function wp__head() { ...
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Changing the default header name

Is it possible to change the default header.php file to something else for security reasons? It seems header.php is target for malicious attacks. I know all that, we have different named headers, I ...
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My website is getting too many dierect home arechives and this is increasing my bounce rate

My website is getting nearly 800 direct home archives daily, as a result the bounce rate of my website has increased. Usually i get only around 30 home archives a day These hits are not from Google, ...
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Securing my WordPress Files and Directories

I am new to WordPress and securely hosting it on Amazon EC2. My question is, how do I secure my WordPress files and directories properly? My file permissions are set to 644 and my directories are ...
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Can a WordPress administrator see other users' passwords?

Of course, an administrator in WordPress can reset other users' passwords (including that of other administrators). However, can a WordPress administrator see other users' passwords? Phrased ...
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Is there a way to create a URL (new WP page) that can only be accessed from a specific source?

To explain further, here's what I"m looking to do: Create a WP page Use the URL and implement it in a reader service that is hosted (not downloadable) that in order to read (& access the URL) ...
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False URL for shopping cart

OK. Re wording my question I have a digital product on a wordpress site Using a shopping cart I'm charging .99 cents for people to look at a video (going to charity) The cart directs them to a page ...
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Security and Must Use Plugins

From the codex article on Must Use Plugins: Can be enabled simply by uploading file to the mu-plugins directory, without having to log-in This feels like a potential security problem to me. ...
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Close a wordpress blog - keep site as it is but prevent hacks

Last summer I created a travelling-blog on my webspace to document my journey. Now the journey is over and I won't put any new posts in this blog. I also don't whish to have any new comments. How can ...
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How to rename the WordPress wp-login.php running on IIS6?

My Windows 2003 VPS recently hang due to bots hammering my WordPress login php non-stop for hours (determined from IIS6 logs). This caused MySQL to use up all the allocated 1G RAM. After resetting ...
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Malware installation during plugin update?

I update my wordpress blog daily (current version: WordPress 3.5.2). Today I installed an update of "Search everything". After that, my webspace was infected by malware. Interestingly, my blog is ...
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WordPress Capabilities: edit_user vs edit_users

The official documentation only mentions edit_users, but in the source I found many places are using edit_user, what is the difference? Are there any conventions for singular and plural capabilities? ...
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Security checking in meta_box save is reluctant?

For example, in this tutorial, the code suggested when saving meta box data is /* Verify the nonce before proceeding. */ if ( !isset( $_POST['smashing_post_class_nonce'] ) || !wp_verify_nonce( ...
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4answers
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Will WordPress username displayed somewhere in the site?

I am considering enforcing all my users to use email as their login name. But I am afraid that the username is being used somewhere that is publicly accessible, e.g. author pages, such as that it will ...
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Prevent Brute Force Attack

I already used Limit Login Attempts wordpress plugin. Are there other ways to prevent brute force attacks? I'm worried because I saw a lot of locked out.
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Why Better WP security plugin returns 418 I'm a Teapot “error”?

I am working on the Wordpress website and all of a sudden after deploying it on the server, I started seeing a problem where some of the pages on my website return 418 I'm a Teapot as Response status ...
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Form Post results in 404 Not Found [duplicate]

I am creating a POST-able form on the front-end of Wordpress (via a shortcode). If I submit this form without any input, the form submits fine. But as soon as I enter an data in the fields and POST ...