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13 WordPress Security Tips From Acunetix

WordPress has a pretty poor reputation when it comes to security, so here are some WordPress security tips from Acunetix. The WordPress security perception is mostly unfounded sadly, as core WordPress is pretty secure – as long as it’s updated. The same goes for plug-ins and themes, if poorly maintained they are an easy ingress […]

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WP Security Audit Log – A Complete Audit Log Plugin For WordPress

WP Security Audit Log is a complete audit log plugin for WordPress, which helps you keep an audit log of everything that is happening on your WordPress and WordPress multisite installation. Ensure user productivity and identify WordPress security issues before they become a security problem. This is claimed to be the most comprehensive user monitoring […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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