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WordPress Is the Most Attacked CMS Application

Imperva’s Web Application Attack Report shows spam is WordPress’ largest security threat. Imperva, an international cyber security company founded in 2002, published its 2015 web application attack report. The report includes a thorough analysis of attack data obtained through its Web Application Firewall (or WAF).

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Multiple critical vulnerabilities in PHP File Manager

Revived Wire Media’s PHP File Manager got some issues…

Sijmen Ruwhof, who also analysed the malware spread through NU.nl back in 2012, found some serious security vulnerabilities in a PHP web application called “PHP File Manager”. One, among others, is a backdoor for Revived Wire Media to use. How sick is that?! Another vulnerability makes it easy to download confidential files.

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Add a delay to your WordPress login form

It is important to protect your WordPress website from brute-force attacks, and various security plugins exist in doing so. For the purpose of this article, I modified the WordPress Login Delay plugin with a fixed delay of three seconds for my wp-login.php page. This provides you with an easy to use method of protecting your WordPress login form (but do read the caveats!).

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My WordPress web.config

Do you host your WordPress website on Windows Server IIS? And are you having trouble with your web.config? I often receive questions about how to use a web.config file in WordPress on Windows Server, and which settings are important for a WordPress site. Maybe it’s because I’m a WordPress on IIS enthusiast, so here is my web.config for your convenience (really, it’s not that special).

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How to enable HTTP Strict-Transport-Security (HSTS) on IIS

Set up HTTP Strict-Transport-Security (HSTS) in Windows Server IIS. Scott Hanselman wrote a great post on how to enable HTTP Strict-Transport-Security (HSTS) on IIS web servers, and here is some more technical information about HSTS in IIS (and other security headers)

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XSS Vulnerability Affecting Multiple WordPress Plugins

Where the Vevida Optimizer WordPress plugin kept plugins on all my WordPress sites up-to-date: Sucuri reports that multiple WordPress plugins are vulnerable to Cross-site Scripting (XSS) due to the misuse of the add_query_arg() and remove_query_arg() functions. These are popular functions used by developers to modify and add query strings to URLs within WordPress. If you haven’t configured automatic updates for WordPress plugins, please update NOW!

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Secure WordPress uploads folder, disable PHP execution

The following PHP function secures your WordPress website by disabling the execution of PHP scripts in wp-content/uploads, on IIS web servers. It creates a web.config file for this purpose.

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Critical Magento Shoplift Vulnerability (SUPEE-5344)

Web security firm Sucuri reports on their blog, that over 50% of all Magento installations haven’t applied a critical security patch (SUPEE-5344). Leaving them open to attacks. The security patch, to address a remote command execution (RCE) vulnerability, was released back in February.

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“Statistics Will Crack Your Password”

Think like a hacker and ask yourself how fast your passwords might be able to be cracked based on their structure.

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Polymorphic Beebone botnet sinkholed in international police operation

Help Net Security writes: On April 8, a global operation targeted the Beebone (also known as AAEH) botnet, a polymorphic downloader bot which installs various forms of malware on victims’ computers.

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Joomla websites abused as open proxy for Denial-of-Service attacks

Joomla websites using the Googlemaps plugin for Joomla are actively abused as open proxy for launching Denial-of-Service (DoS) attacks. Even though the Googlemaps plugin vulnerability plugin_googlemap2_proxy.php was released over one and a half (1,5) years ago, I still see these DoS-attacks happening on a regular basis…

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SSDP amplified reflective DDoS attacks

SSDP amplified reflective DDoS attacks: The Internet Storm Center (ISC) InfoSec Handlers Diary Blog writes about a recent -significant- increase in both scanning for 1900/UDP and a huge increase of 1900/UDP being used for amplified reflective DDOS attacks: 1900/UDP (SSDP) Scanning and DDOS

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WordPress Plugin Vulnerability Dump – Part 1

This post contains information on vulnerabilities for 7 (at least somewhat) popular WordPress plugins. All of these vulnerabilities were trivial to discover (and are trivial to fix). The state of WordPress plugin security is very sad indeed. None of the developers were contacted in advance of this post (except where otherwise noted). Additional vulnerabilities will be posted as time permits. WordPress Plugin Vulnerability Dump – Part 1

Exploit PHP’s mail() to get remote code execution

Exploit PHP’s mail() function to perform remote code execution, under rare circumstances.

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phpinfo() Type Confusion Infoleak Vulnerability and SSL Private Keys

A vulnerability in PHP’s phpinfo() function allows PHP scripts to read arbitrary strings from memory.

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