Tag Archive | "wordpress"

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16 May 2015 | 1,813 views

Plecost – WordPress Fingerprinting Tool

Plecost is a WordPress fingerprinting tool, it can search and retrieve information about the plug-in versions installed in a WordPress installation. It can be used to analyse a single URL or perform an analysis based on the results indexed by Google. Additionally it also displays the CVE code associated with each plug-in vulnerability, if any […]

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30 April 2015 | 1,191 views

WordPress Critical Zero-Day Vulnerability Fixed In A Hurry

So this is an interesting announcement due to the discussion points it brings up about responsible disclosure, it seems like in this case a researcher published his findings about a WordPress critical zero-day vulnerability without informing WordPress before hand. And they got it fixed REAL quickly, where as in a previous (pretty similar) case – […]

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01 March 2015 | 2,559 views

CMSmap – Content Management System Security Scanner

CMSmap is a Python open source Content Management System security scanner that automates the process of detecting security flaws of the most popular CMSs. The main purpose of CMSmap is to integrate common vulnerabilities for different types of CMSs in a single tool. At the moment, CMSs supported by CMSmap are WordPress, Joomla and Drupal. […]

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22 November 2014 | 2,097 views

Critical XSS Flaw Affects WordPress 3.9.2 And Earlier

So it’s been a while since we’ve talked about any flaws in WordPress – because usually they are pretty dull and require such an obscure set of circumstances, that they are unlikely to ever occur in the wild. The most recent time was this year actually, but was a DoS attack, which is not THAT […]

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11 August 2014 | 3,524 views

XML Quadratic Blowup Attack Blows Up WordPress & Drupal

This was a pretty interesting piece of news for me last week as I was actually affected by it (I think?). It’s an XML Quadratic Blowup Attack that affects both WordPress and Drupal and is quite serious as rather than just crashing the software, it can take down the whole server. It didn’t completely take […]

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18 April 2013 | 6,894 views

Large Scale Botnet Brute Force Password Cracking Against WordPress Sites

There have always been a lot of brute force attempts/bot scans and hacking attempts on WordPress hosted sites (due to flaws in the core and a multitude of insecure plugins) – this site being no exception (they’ve even done some minor damage before). But things appear to have really ramped up recently with a large […]

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05 April 2012 | 1,053 views

Server Migration – Moved To Linode! And Changed To Nginx/PHP-FPM/APC/W3TC

So lately I’ve being doing a lot more DevOps stuff than security stuff and I’m pretty much enjoying it (apart from some of the tedious sys-admin stuff). So with some of the new stuff I’ve learnt along the way, I decided to move Darknet from a rather bloated managed VPS with 2GB of RAM and […]

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03 August 2011 | 11,314 views

Zero-day Vulnerability In TimThumb Image Utility Threatens Many WordPress Sites

This is pretty apt after we wrote about WebsiteDefender – Ensure Your Website Security on Monday, a platform for securing web applications with a focus on WordPress. Today a zero-day in a very commonly used WordPress library hit quite a few news sites. The flaw is in an image utility called TimThumb which is used […]

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12 July 2011 | 17,476 views

WPScan – WordPress Security/Vulnerability Scanner

WPScan is a vulnerability scanner which checks the security of WordPress installations using a black box approach (scanning without any prior knowledge of what has been installed etc). Features Username enumeration (from author querystring and location header) Weak password cracking (multithreaded) Version enumeration (from generator meta tag) Vulnerability enumeration (based on version) Plugin enumeration (2220 […]

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12 August 2009 | 54,077 views

WordPress 2.8.3 Admin Reset Exploit

Ah it’s WordPress again, sometimes I wonder how many holes there are in WordPress. I guess a dedicated attacker could find some serious ones with the complexity of the code base. It’s suspected some of the recent high profile breaches have come from WordPress exploits. The latest one to become public is a simple but […]

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