How secure is your WordPress site?

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October 16, 2012
How secure is your WordPress site?.


\"Thumbnail\"One of the main problems with technology is the frequent lapses in security we experience; a lot of information is stolen daily and used to steal more information, send spam messages, open backdoors to systems and sometimes even do damage to our computers.<\/p>\r\n

None of these issues unknown to WordPress, a staggering number of sites have become victims of unpleasant criminals exploiting the community for their own personal gain.<\/p>\r\n

In order for you to beat this threat we’ve put together a roundup of some good tools and tips on how to avoid being the next victim.\u00a0Or if you’re unlucky enough to already be a victim, how to fight back and fix your installation.<\/p>\r\n


Exploit attacks<\/h1>\r\n

You may have heard about it, you may even know the details, but for those who haven’t here’s the problem: an exploit is a piece of malicious code distributed to exploit a weakness in existing code.<\/p>\r\n

TimThumb<\/a> was susceptible to an attack of this kind; one its functions, which allows users to upload images from different sites and access them freely, stored images in a cache directory so that Timthumb doesn’t have to reprocess them again. This function could be exploited by a hacker uploading files to the server, allowing them access to as many resources from the WordPress installation as they wish.<\/p>\r\n

Exactly the same problem affected 

Juan Pablo Sarmiento

Founder of iconShock (high quality free icon sets), DesignShock (lots of design packs and TemplateShock (printing templates)

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