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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Are un-sanitized theme options more vulnerable to malicious scripts than the theme editor?

I'd like to put text areas in a theme options area to allow users to easily add analytics code, scripts, and css. Is it silly to worry about malicious code being inserted via un-sanitized theme ...
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Network Admin URL is shown to anyone before accessing a blog

I have a multisite setup and I noticed today that my security was not working properly. Each of my blogs has its own url : http://www.example1.com http://www.example2.com … My "main blog" is not ...
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correct tags for validating input types

I have following types of theme options inputs, which I need to validate. $numbers = "#1234"; $email = "abc@example.com"; $simeple_text = "How's going?"; $code = "<script ...
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Is disabling test_form in wp_handle_upload a security concern?

I'm writing a plugin that modifies the default behavior when uploading a file for a post or to the media library. I'm setting $overrides in wp_handle_upload() with a custom $unique_filename_callback. ...
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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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Is WordPress MultiSite secure & how much can it scale? [closed]

Great info on How to Scale Wordpress and more info on Wordpress Web Hosting. Still, I am left with questions. Creating a project that for the sake of argument we will call a blog network. A user ...
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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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Is it good security advice to install wordpress in subdirectory but link to root?

Is it good to install wordpress in a subdirectory (with a random name), but set "Homepage" address to domain root? (based on Giving WordPress Its Own Directory) Since the wp-content is in the ...
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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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Which Versions of WordPress Ship with the Patched TimThumb?

Do you recall when the TimThumb exploit occurred? Which versions of WordPress bundled with this exploit? I need to inform a client that they should be upgrading to at least the version of WP when this ...
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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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Secure Wordpress: Change admin

I'm sorry if this is an extremely stupid question. I've been looking for ways how to secure my WP and a lot of websites suggest to create a new admin user account and delete the old one. Now, if I ...
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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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How to control who can view certain pages in BuddyPress? [closed]

I would like to control who can see a page in BuddyPress and restrict anyone else from accessing it. Something along the lines of the following pseudocode: <?php if ( loggedin_user_ids==1,4,5,7 ) ...
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How to secure WordPress XMLRPC?

XMLRPC is great for remote publishing to WordPress, but there has been many security issues attributed to it. How do it make it more secure? More specifically, only user from the intranet will be ...
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How much should I worry about these messages?

I received about 50 messages today with the similar message: WordPress Firewall has detected and blocked a potential attack! Web Page: ...
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What do spammers gain by signing up as a user?

The majority of new user signups I receive on my Wordpress blog look dodgy, with @someblog.com, @somearticle.com, or @gmail.com addresses. What do they gain by signing up as a new user?
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Does WP show me if I'm logged in from multiple locations?

Does word press show me if I'm logged in in another location? Related: Limiting sessions to one IP at a time
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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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How can I tell who changed the password?

We recently had an employee leave our company. When they left, I changed all their passwords and removed their email access etc. I also changed the password on our Wordpress site for the Admin ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Do I need to sanitize Wordpress search query?

I submit search data to custom page searchi.php <?php // $search_variables = $_GET['s']. '+' .$_GET['cat']; //This sends http post to url without curl header("Status: 301 Moved ...
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Is Timthumb still broken? What security measures should be taken?

A client has requested we use a theme, and that theme has a Timthumb dependency. I know that there has been some serious vulnerabilities in the past, but what is the current state of that plugin? ...
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Renaming wp-admin without hard-coding it. Is it really possible?

I would like to rename my wp-admin folder due to some security concerns. Is it really possible? The less it looks/is built like default WP, the harder it is to attack known vulnerabilities. Being ...
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What can I do when an outside party hacks into my weblog and changes my display name?

Last night I wrote a mildly controversial blog post about religion on my weblog, and this morning I woke up to find that my display name had been changed to the name of a fanatic religious leader. The ...
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Wordpress login security

I have put up a logging script on my wp-login page. I noticed that a particular ip address- 193.176.147.7 has been consistently visiting my login page for some days now. The vitis are always in quick ...
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How to change WordPress user ID?

Is this enough to change the user ID? I'm doing this for security purposes, where the administrator has user ID=1 and I want to keep all posts, pages and content. UPDATE wp_posts SET ...
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How can I force a specific password?

How can I force a specific password for a specific user & not let that user change their password? I have a client that thinks that even if I force strong passwords via this plugin: ...
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Wordpress Brute Force Prevention

I am using WordFence security plugin for keeping track of login attempts and I regularly check the logs from it. I realize that there are going to be a lot of login attempts with the username 'admin'. ...
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Why isn't the login page rate limited by default?

Brute force attacks seem to the be most common vulnerability on WP installs and rate limiting ought to be relatively easy to bake into WP itself as part of the official, default software (without the ...
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Should I use wp_nonce_field on my contact form?

I have created a self submitting contact form template and it works nicely, however when I was browsing the web in search for tutorials (for creating contact forms) I have noticed that some people ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...