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 that involved a backdoor file placed in the root directory. That got me thinking about how to extend the technique. Would it make sense to do something like this:

In root directory .htaccess:

<Files *.php>
    Order Deny,Allow
    Deny from all

<Files index.php>
    Order Allow,Deny
    Allow from all

In wp-admin .htaccess:

<Files *.php>
    Order Deny,Allow
    Allow from all

I'm pretty sure this will break XML-RPC support as well as post by email, but I don't plan on using either of those technologies anyway. I'm wondering if there are other consequences that I'm not seeing (I don't know 100% what all of the PHP files in the root directory are for). Is this even worth it?

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    That would make no sense whatsoever. – Wyck Aug 13 '13 at 3:35
  • @Wyck, thanks for the input. Could you maybe explain why it wouldn't make any sense? – Dominic P Aug 13 '13 at 17:40
  • It just doesn't, it's like securing your house by bricking it over, no one does that for a reason. – Wyck Aug 13 '13 at 17:53

No, it will not work.

You pretty much will disable php to work on your site admin.

On wp-admin there are files being executed when entering the admin side of the site.

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  • Won't the allow from all directive in the wp-admin .htaccess allow the admin area to work? – Dominic P Aug 13 '13 at 7:36
  • Why would you add that .htaccess at all? It doesnt make any sense to use it in the first place. (You are adding an .htaccess to do ... nothing) – hacksy Aug 13 '13 at 11:33
  • Maybe I'm missing something, but as I understand it, the root dir .htaccess will disallow direct access to any PHP file except index.php. This will cascade into subdirectories, so you override it with the .htaccess in wp-admin to allow the admin panel to work normally. It's basically an extension of the practices described here and here. – Dominic P Aug 13 '13 at 17:36

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