Hack the Planet

WPScan started as a simple Ruby script in 2011 to help identify vulnerabilities in self-hosted WordPress websites. The simple script matured into a large software project and gained popularity amongst the security and WordPress communities.

For many years we did not think of WPScan as a business, but since last year we decided that to make WPScan self sustainable it needed to generate income to be able to pay for all the things it needs to maintain itself and to grow.

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WPScan Brute Force

Password brute forcing is a common attack that hackers have used in the past against WordPress sites at scale. In 2017 Wordfence documented a huge password brute force attack, which saw 14.1 million attacks per hour at its peak.

Attackers are looking for users, preferably administrators, with weak passwords to be able to login to WordPress and compromise the site. Depending on the compromised user role, once logged in, the attacker could escalate privileges by attacking other users, embed malicious code into the site or compromise the entire server.

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Lots of WPScan CLI Changes

Well, in fact, there is just one change, but it’s a big one. Recently we released some big changes to WPVulnDB, which we recently blogged about. Now, we want to tell you about a big change that we are going to be making to the WPScan CLI tool in version 3.7.0, which will be released sometime within the next few weeks.More

The end of CSRF in WordPress?

The Google Chrome web browser plans to set the SameSite attribute on all cookies by default in Chrome version 80. Google Chrome by far controls the largest share of the web browser market. Their changes have a significant impact on the Web. It wouldn’t be surprising if other major web browsers also followed their lead, implementing the SameSite cookie attribute by default too. How is this change going to affect the Web and WordPress security in particular?More

Lots of WPVulnDB Changes

Recently we have been working on some big improvements to WPVulnDB, which you will see being released over the next few weeks. Below is a list of the improvements which will impact users the most.More

WPVulnDB APIv2 Deprecation

We released APIv3, the successor to APIv2, on March 20th 2018. The new APIv3 requires users to register a free account on wpvulndb.com and use an API Token to access our API. With the old APIv2, no user registration or API Tokens were required. Requiring API Tokens meant that we could easily identify heavy usage of our API by a particular user, which may have affected other API users, and more easily prevent abuse.More

WordPress Database Backup Files

What are database backup files?

There are many tools and WordPress plugins that allow you to create a backup of your database and export it to a file. Sometimes these backup files can end up in publicly accessible locations and with predictable names, such as backup.sqldatabase.sqlexample.com.sql, and so on.

What are the security risks with WordPress database backup file exports?

As mentioned above, if these database backup file exports are left in a publicly accessible directory on the webserver with a predictable file name, then they could easily be accessed by an attacker. All the attacker has to do is guess the correct backup file name and its directory to download the file.

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