AccessPress hack underlines the importance of core file monitoring

AccessPress hack underlines the importance of core file monitoring Core file integrity monitoring is when a tool is in place that ensures WordPress application files are changed only during an actual WordPress upgrade. Plugins, themes or other 3rd party code should never alter core files. The Jetpack security team discovered that 93 AccessPress WordPress add-ons …

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5 Security Features We Wish Were Included in WordPress

WordPress is one of the most popular Content Management Systems (CMSs) globally, powering more than half of websites that use CMSs we know. Unfortunately, being an incredibly convenient, user-friendly, and robust solution doesn’t automatically translate to being completely secure. With cybercrime on the rise, it’s more important than ever to take careful, proactive, and preventative …

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98.7 Percent of the Web Is Using Outdated Versions of PHP

The latest major releases of PHP have bought massive changes to the programming language. Starting from PHP 7, we’ve seen significant performance improvements. Some benchmarks even point to versions 7-8 being twice as fast as their predecessors. However, most of the websites that use PHP are still stuck with old versions of the language. Upgrading …

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Protecting WordPress with Open Source Web Application Firewall ModSecurity

In this guide you will learn how to install and protect WordPress with the Open Source Web Application Firewall (WAF) ModSecurity. We will also install the latest protection rules from the OWASP Core Rule Set (CRS). A WAF is a great addition to the Cyber Security protection for your WordPress blog or website and can …

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WooCommerce Unauthenticated SQL Injection Vulnerability

WooCommerce Unauthenticated SQL Injection Vulnerability

On 15th July 2021, news was going around regarding an unauthenticated SQL Injection in WooCommerce. WooCommerce released a blog post about the vulnerabilities here: https://woocommerce.com/posts/critical-vulnerability-detected-july-2021/#. The vulnerabilities were detected on the 13th of July and fixed in WooCommerce versions 3.3.6 to 5.5.1 and WooCommerce Blocks versions 2.5.16 to 5.5.1. This blog post is a short …

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What WordPress Ransomware Is (And How to Protect Against It)

What WordPress Ransomware Is (And How to Protect Against It)

It’s no secret that security is essential to any WordPress website. Knowing all you can about possible threats may help keep your site safe. Nevertheless, staying informed about how to fight back against emerging malicious technology such as ransomware can be difficult. Fortunately, a small amount of information can go a long way. By familiarizing …

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WordPress PHPMailer vulnerability analysis

On 13th May 2021, WordPress released WordPress 5.7.2, which was a security release fixing one vulnerability that affected versions 3.7 to 5.7. This vulnerability is a PHP Object Injection vulnerability in PHPMailer (CVE-2020-36326, CVE-2018-19296) that occurs via the addAttachment function with a UNC pathname. You may notice that there are two CVE’s in the security …

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The Top WordPress Vulnerabilities in 2021

The Top WordPress Vulnerabilities in 2021 (And How to Combat Them)

There are over 28 million WordPress websites currently online. Unfortunately, this popularity makes the platform vulnerable to hacking, with attacks on WordPress sites becoming more commonplace in recent years. Like many site owners and developers, you may already be familiar with some WordPress security issues and you’re probably looking to reduce your exposure to a …

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