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WordPress User Enumeration

These three enumeration techniques are a very fast way to identify users of a WordPress installation. With valid usernames effective brute force attacks can be attempted to guess the password of the user accounts. WordPress User Enumeration via Author Archives Finding users by iterating through the author archives is a common technique that works in […]
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Analysis of Top 100K WordPress Sites

CMS Detection Methodology The methodology used to determine the underlying technology of web sites is to search for specific strings within the HTML, or the HTTP Headers provided by the web server. For WordPress, our process is a simple matter of downloading the headers and page source from all sites in the Alexa top 1 […]
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WordPress Security Testing with Nmap

With the popularity of WordPress as a publishing platform, security testing is an important part of ensuring the installation is secure. Nmap has a couple of NSE scripts specifically for the testing of WordPress installations. Using those scripts as a base I have developed a couple more that expand the capabilities of using Nmap to […]
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Top WordPress sites vulnerable 6 wks after plugin patch released

Background on the Vulnerabilities W3 Total Cache and WP Super Cache two of the WordPress communities most popular plugins were found to have a code execution vulnerability. An exploit that enables code execution is about as bad as it gets. New releases of the plugins were released on the 18th of April. The following caching […]
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There are no WordPress Timthumb Hackers in Mongolia

What is Timthumb? Back in August 2011, a serious vulnerability was discovered in many popular WordPress themes and Plugins. The code enabled automatic thumbnail creation when publishing with the WordPress content management system. While not a part of the WordPress core, the code had been reused by many developers, including both commercial and free theme […]
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Woothemes Framework Update Analysis

In this post, I examine the fact that only 31% of Wootheme based sites in the top 1 million are running the latest version of the Wootheme Framework. WordPress themes are an important part of the security checklist when maintaining your WordPress installation. An essential security maintenance function of any WordPress install is performing regular […]
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WordPress themes in top 1 million websites

WordPress themes have been extracted from our latest analysis of the worlds top 1 million websites (by alexa rank). Digging into the data shows interesting trends in the WordPress content management space, and provides insight into security vulnerabilities. Third-party Wwordpress components that include plugins and themes can introduce exploitable security issues. Methodology To determine themes […]
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Top 100K Sites WordPress Usage Infographic

WordPress.org have a post up detailing the "state of the word". Around the same time we have been putting a wordpress infographic that highlights some of the findings from our analysis of wordpress usage among the top 100K sites (as rated by Alexa). WordPress Usage in the Top 100K Infographic
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Security Testing WordPress

Our scan does not perform brute forcing of accounts, passwords or plugins. Brute Forcing is more appropriate in a targeted pen-test or black-box vulnerability assessment. Simply put brute forcing: Plugins is achieved by testing URL's: http://myexampleblog.cm/wp-content/plugins/$pluginname Usernames can be brute forced with a POST request to the login form (Incorrect username) Passwords can be brute […]
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Malware in WordPress Themes

Found an interesting article over at OttoPress with some in depth analysis of malware discovered in a theme on a less than reputable WordPress theme site. Seems there are some dodgey sites out there that have infected themes, both free ones and ripped off professional themes. Beware and check the reputation of your themes. It […]
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