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 reek of malicious activity or attempts. My understanding is that xmlrpc.php provides an "API" for others to interact with the site. wp-cron.php is for periodic tasks. So why do I see so many requests that those pages? Are hackers looking for some kind of backdoor or security hole?

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    Well to answer your question, yes, though that are not hackers , they are bots. – Wyck Feb 19 '14 at 23:56
  • Does Wordpress leak information from those files? I guess I'm just worried that sending garbage to xmlrpc and wp-cron cause them to spew error messages that then reveal information about my wordpress installation. – masoug Feb 20 '14 at 4:19
  • Well it depends on is you have any errors, by default no and you can turn them off. – Wyck Feb 20 '14 at 13:38

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