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WordPress is an open source content management system running on PHP and MySQL, and often used as a blog engine. Specific Wordpress questions are best asked at https://wordpress.stackexchange.com

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How to obtain "wp_rest" nonce for WP Statistics plugin manually?

During my pentest of a client's websites I stumbled upon the WP with vulnerable WP Statistics plugin installed. To exploit this vulnerability, I should send a JSON-API request to endpoint /json-api/wp-...
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What are vulnerabilities of saving user input directly in wordpress plugin?

I have a WordPress plugin that helps create an organization chart/tree and then generates a URL where the chart is available to be viewed by the public. The plugin dashboard looks like this the plugin ...
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What are the vulnerabilities of exposing url end point param?

I have a wordpress plugin that helps create an organization chart/tree and then generates a URL where the chart is available to be viewed by the public? Inside the plugin's view in WordPress dashboard....
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How to stop Wordpress search abuse? [duplicate]

My Wordpress site is experiancing high load because of large numbers of GET request like: /?s=1ce83ab566d6797d400bd3d03bb45946 How to prevent this? 17.121.115.141 - [04/May/2022:10:14:35 +0200] &...
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Wordpress: Login requests to backend from localhost [duplicate]

A Wordpress security plugin notified me about login attempts to the Wordpress login but from localhost (127.0.01). This means the requests are triggered from my root server. The attempts were trying ...
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Implementing a protection for pie register vulnerability

I'm working on implementing a protection for a WordPress pie register plugin vulnerability being called: WordPress pie register 3.7.1.4 auth bypass / RCE I've conducted a research on the pie register ...
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Does adding a csv file to a wordpress plugin introduce security risks to the site?

I am currently working on an implementation reading data from a csv file from within a WordPress plugin. It was suggested the file be added within the plugin in an assets directory. I have concerns in ...
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Is MariaDB Server obsolete for PHP and Wordpress projects?

PHP (and by extension WordPress) only supports MySQL native & sha256 password authentication. MariaDB Server only supports MySQL native & ed25519 password authentication. Since MySQL native ...
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WP Blog with phishing js file by a Google Search Result? [duplicate]

I wanted to check the WP homepage of a friend of mine, so I googled "rafaeltheissen be piano". The first Google result seems to point to the official page: https://rafaeltheissen.com/ Here ...
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Site displaying Internal Server Error 500 just as suspicious comments flagged as spam [closed]

In my 13 years of Wordpress, I've never seen anything like this. About an hour ago I was alerted by one of my users that the website was displaying an Internal Server Error 500 message on every page. ...
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SQL Injection Prevention WAF Generic Rule for Wordpress

We are trying to develop a GENERIC WAF Rule for SQLI Prevention for WordPress-based websites that can provide some level of effectiveness with a very low probability of having false positives. From my ...
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Why would a random domain point to my IP address? [duplicate]

I have a little Wordpress honeypot set up. I have it specifically set up so that when the server's IP address is accessed, the wordpress website shows up, ie. no vhost. I was reading the site's access ...
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How to replace certain backup files on a website every 30 minutes? [closed]

I have a website built with WordPress, unfortunately somebody hacked it several times, deleted my adsense code and put his own adsense. I tried many security techniques, changed database name, did ...
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WordPress, a Security Risk for Bitcoin Application?

Asked this question on Bitcoin SE was told to post it here. I'm developing a custom Bitcoin service. Besides for the core application (which is written in PHP) I'm going to install a blog for updates ...
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Can't find cause of malware in Wordpress site - adding html files with redirects [closed]

I'm helping a non-profit and they have had malware on their WordPress site. I installed Sucuri and it quickly finds some strangely named HTML files in the base directory. I removed those files. ...
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Can I upload a reverse shell to a website remotely if directory listing is enabled? [closed]

Can I upload a PHP reverse shell to a WordPress website if there is a directory listing vulnerability in the website? The condition is that I can see the entire file structure of /wp-includes in a ...
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Unusual file permissions on WordPress websites

I've been asked by a customer of mine, to manage a few hundred WordPress sites. Doing an initial security assessment, I've found that every site (350 sites) has unusual file permissions on every php ...
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Mod-security and WordPress WAF

On my WordPress websites (on LEMP stack with Nginx) I normally install a WAF plugin such as Ninja Firewall or Wordfence. I was wondering if a better practice would be to replace them with a host-based ...
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Can I check the content of a suspicious file directly on the server using an editor, e.g. vim?

in the Wordpress directory I found some suspicious-looking files with random strings in their name e.g. uxs5sxp59f_index.php. Can I safely check their content ? I have a suspicion that the site has ...
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Is it bad to let a file be downloaded using its direct path on WordPress?

I have a scenario that I want to let people that visit my WordPress website download some PDFs. These PDFs go to my website as products of the Woocommerce plugin, so they are stored on the folder ...
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What's the security risk in password recovery attempts

I'm the administrator of a Wordpress site, with just two users: me and one other user. Last days I've received multiple password recovery attempts for that other user (as an administrator I get a mail ...
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WordPress script injections [duplicate]

I manage an Ubuntu server that runs a number of WordPress sites. This morning one of them went down and was showing the exception PHP Fatal error: Namespace declaration statement has to be the very ...
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hide_my_wp wordpress plugin is activated with php eval function that might trying to read /etc/passwd? Is it true?

When I install this plugin and activate in wordpress, hide_my_wp put some eval codes in wp_options and I see the following code being injected in a new row with the ID called 76624: upload-dir=./../../...
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Vulnerability Reporting from "random" dude

A few days ago I got an email to our dpo email address from a person I don't know who claims to be a Security Researcher. The email is well written and contains a POC with screenshots of a CORS ...
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UFW does not block meterpreter

I am doing some pen testing on my wordpress server. I wanted to see what would happen if the attacker were to get a hold of my username and password for wordpress. So I used the standard exploit in ...
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Scanning WordPress for security vulnerabilities

I am trying to use WordPress from Azure marketplace to deploy a web app. I ran a Fortify scan on entire code base (wwwroot) which includes wp-admin, wp-includes, wp-content and other boilerplate php ...
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DDoS Attack After Switching Hosts and Updating WordPress

I recently moved an old WordPress site from one hosting to Amazon Lightsail. Once the transfer was done, I noticed that WordPress, its plugins, and themes were all out of date. So, I updated them all. ...
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Is using localhost for sensitive data secure?

I'm working with a nonprofit that wants to use CiviCRM to process its donor, member, and patron personal information. Civi is CMS-based, and will only run via WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, etc. Newb ...
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Wordpress Backups and Security

Apart from all the other security and design flaws of Wordpress, there is 1 point that particularly got my attention: "Automatic Backups". These are saved inside the Wordpress directory. If you ask ...
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Wordpress versions 5.3 and 5.4

I am testing Wordpress website that is in 5.3.3 version, which is current and updated just few days ago (April 29, 2020). But there is also 5.4 branch, is it recommended to upgrade to 5.4 because it ...
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All 4 WP sites hosted in A2 Hosting were hacked

The hack redirects all my sites to another site All are running WP 5.4.1 (latest) and I even have a site that barely runs any plugins, just a simple open-source theme with 3 common plugins - Contact ...
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My WP site just got hacked for the third time even after following WP hardening guidelines

After the second hack, we did all the necessary things written here - https://wordpress.org/support/article/hardening-wordpress/ , https://security.stackexchange.com/a/180925 and we also changed the ...
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Are the developers of WordPress avoiding security by obscurity or there some reason to expose plugin and login names?

Tools like wpscan are out there in the open, which make the scanning of any WordPress website plugins without any authentication and receive sensitive data like wp-admin login names (which usually ...
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Can a PHP shell uploaded to a WordPress directory have access to an entire Linux machine?

I run a few WordPress instances. I had one new one that I had not configured and left sitting, so the installation was on the 1st step awaiting for the database name, username, password, and host. ...
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Wordpress wp-config file seems hacked and changed to DB_NAME and DB_USER asadmin_drr and DB_HOST as 46.21.253.40 [duplicate]

I have a shared hosting on hostgator with around wordpress based websites. Out of them 4 stopped working with message as error establishing database connection. On checking the wp-config i found the ...
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How to identify malicious Wordpress user agents

I have noticed our website, which is Wordpress based, gets frequent daily requests from other sites where the user agent is Wordpress and the other site is obviously an already hacked Wordpress ...
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URL parameter manipulation and injection

I have a scenario with 2 sites. Site 1 is mysite.com and Site 2 is secondurl.com. Site 1 is using Wordpress. There, I did a Javascrit/jQuery routine that checks if a given url parameter comes in. If ...
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Wordpress m4shell Hack [duplicate]

I could not find any similar error after searching the web and struggling with the problem for around two weeks. One of the Wordpress sites I'm managing keeps getting hacked. There has been no ...
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Was my password copied? [closed]

I work locally with a WordPress site. When I logged in, it looked like the password was highlighted. It went very fast. Half a second maybe. I found it strange that it looked like it was marked, as in ...
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wordpress remote user authentication

I am having multiple wordpress sites with multiple users working on those. Therefore I would like to centeralize the user management, by having one authentication server, storing the username, ...
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Alerts and warnings for Wordpress theme. What are the risks associated?

I have bought a Wordpress theme and scanned its files on www.themecheck.info. The results show 3 critical alerts and 9 warnings: Alerts: Presence of iframes : iframes are sometimes used to load ...
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Wordpress site request to /wp-includes/Text/Diff/ yields open directory listing

Someone requested my site's (Wordpress/Apache) 'includes' directory: 122.51.0.219 - - [03/Oct/2019:18:36:15] "GET /wp-includes/Text/Diff/ HTTP/1.1" 200 736 "-" "-" Noticing the 200 response, I hit ...
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How to Stop Cookies from Being Set

We're not using Adminer for database management yet for some reason adminer_sid & adminer_key cookies are being set in the browser - any idea how to stop them from being set? Where would they be ...
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Multiple wp-login.php attack on shared hosting

I am hosting more than 20 WordPress website on a single server. The server has other cms based websites too. For better security, I have used CloudLinux CageFS which encapsulates each customer. Even ...
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How to limit access to wp-admin in case of a dynamic IP address? [closed]

I have dynamic IP address and I am trying to find the solution to limit the access to wp-admin. It seems that the only option is to block the access by domain name by using a Dynamic DNS Manager ...
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Just another suspiciously looking php script [duplicate]

My hosting blocked my website because malware, they say. I dived into the (shared) server via ssh and found a file that looks suspicious. This file was in an old, not working installation of wordpress ...
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How to prevent cross site scripting in wordpress?

I did source analyzer with third party services to my wordpress project. It found out that there are heaps of cross site scripting vulnerabilities. One of the example is like image below. How do I ...
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While cleaning up a hacked Wordpress site, I got access to the hacker's database. What action should I take?

I've just finished cleaning up a compromised Wordpress site; it was hacked through a vulnerable plugin & several fake sitemaps & redirects set up to pollute google results with pharma ads etc. ...
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PCI DSS SAQ A compliance with WooCommerce and 3rd party payment gateways - possible? [closed]

I am considering using Wordpress, WooCommerce, third party payment processor and different plugins for an ecommerce store. I have trouble figuring out if it is possible to do all that and to be PCI ...
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Satoshi Nakamoto Renaissance Holdings' website is Wordpress? Is it safe? [closed]

So, Satoshi Nakamoto, creator of Bitcoin has announced that he will supposedly be revealing his real identity. I find the fact that Satoshi's company website is hosted on Wordpress to be endlessly ...
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