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Category Archive: WordPress Security

How We Think About WordPress Security and Research

This entry was posted in General Security, Wordfence, WordPress Security on December 10, 2018 by Mark Maunder   0 Replies

This weekend I had a really fun conversation with Doc Pop from Torque Magazine. Torque is a great news source for WordPress news. They are part of WP Engine, but maintain editorial independence. I chatted with Doc in Nashville, in the Music City Center where WordCamp US was being held. Music City Center is an …
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Botnet of Infected WordPress Sites Attacking WordPress Sites

This entry was posted in Research, Wordfence, WordPress Security on December 05, 2018 by Mikey Veenstra   16 Replies

The Defiant Threat Intelligence team recently began tracking the behavior of an organized brute force attack campaign against WordPress sites. This campaign has created a botnet of infected WordPress websites to perform its attacks, which attempt XML-RPC authentication to other WordPress sites in order to access privileged accounts. Between Wordfence’s brute force protection and the premium real-time …
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XSS Injection Campaign Exploits WordPress AMP Plugin

This entry was posted in Research, Vulnerabilities, WordPress Security on November 20, 2018 by Mikey Veenstra   19 Replies

News broke last week disclosing a number of vulnerabilities in the AMP For WP plugin, installed on over 100,000 WordPress sites. WordPress contributor Sybre Waaijer identified the security issue and confidentially disclosed it to the WordPress plugins team. To exploit the flaw, an attacker needs to have a minimum of subscriber-level access on a vulnerable site. The …
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Trends Emerging Following Vulnerability In WP GDPR Compliance Plugin

This entry was posted in Research, Vulnerabilities, WordPress Security on November 09, 2018 by Mikey Veenstra   19 Replies

Earlier this week the WP GDPR Compliance plugin was briefly removed from the WordPress.org repository after the discovery of critical security issues impacting its users. In yesterday’s post, we provided some details regarding these issues and illustrated their severity. In the hours since that post was published, our team has continued tracking the adversaries seeking …
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Privilege Escalation Flaw In WP GDPR Compliance Plugin Exploited In The Wild

This entry was posted in Vulnerabilities, WordPress Security on November 08, 2018 by Mikey Veenstra   23 Replies

After its removal from the WordPress plugin repository yesterday, the popular plugin WP GDPR Compliance released version 1.4.3, an update which patched multiple critical vulnerabilities. At the time of this writing, the plugin has been reinstated in the WordPress repository and has over 100,000 active installs. The reported vulnerabilities allow unauthenticated attackers to achieve privilege escalation, …
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Using PHP 5 Becomes Dangerous in 2 Months

This entry was posted in General Security, WordPress Security on October 30, 2018 by Mark Maunder   0 Replies

WordPress, Joomla, Drupal and many other popular website CMSs were written in a programming language called PHP. PHP version 5 is about to reach end-of-life and will stop receiving security updates in two months. Many WordPress and other PHP websites remain on version 5.6 or older. Once support for PHP 5 ends in two months, …
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Video: WordCamp Atlanta Security Panel with Wordfence

This entry was posted in Wordfence, WordPress Security on October 18, 2018 by Dan Moen   6 Replies

In April, Wordfence sponsored WordCamp Atlanta and several of our team members attended the event. While there, we held a capture the flag (CTF) contest, which helps WordPress site owners learn to think like a hacker so that they can better defend their websites. Part of hacker culture is the art of lock picking, which …
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Introducing Wordfence Agency Solutions

This entry was posted in Wordfence, WordPress Security on October 16, 2018 by Kathy Zant   0 Replies

Throughout 2018, we have had many conversations with agencies and other organizations protecting a large number of WordPress sites with Wordfence. You’ve told us what you need to be more successful, and we’ve responded with many changes to both our licensing and our capabilities. To start, we added the ability to secure your staging and …
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Three WordPress Security Mistakes You Didn’t Realize You Made

This entry was posted in General Security, WordPress Security on October 02, 2018 by Mikey Veenstra   20 Replies

Considering the amount of malicious activity that takes place on the internet, it’s no surprise that successful attacks on WordPress sites are launched across a wide variety of vectors. Whether outdated plugin code is to blame, or password reuse, or any number of other security flaws, no site owner sets out to introduce a vulnerability …
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Yes, You Should Probably Have A TLS Certificate

This entry was posted in General Security, WordPress Security on September 18, 2018 by Mikey Veenstra   13 Replies

Last week’s article covering the decision to distrust Symantec-issued TLS certificates generated a great response from our readers. One common question we received, and one that pops up just about any time SSL/TLS comes up, is how to determine when a site does and does not need such a certificate. Spoiler: Your site should probably …
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