Neo word press meetup ehermits - how to keep your blog from being hacked 2012
Brian LaymanNorth East Ohio WordPress Meetup #NEOWP
Who I am. What I do. What I see. What software do your blogs run on? Who here has had a blog hacked, defaced, stolen or taken down? Is your site safe? (No one would ever want to hack my blog about _____.) The title is a lie…
What is it? You tell me… Who is right? My thought: Any steps that may eliminate a large subset ofattacks on your blog should be taken.
The basics Passwords Communication (Plain Text vs. SSL) Updates Watch what you add to your sites (plugins/themes/add-ons) Backups Google Webmaster Tools
Use strong passwords Make them unique in high value situations
Pay attention to how you are sending your passwords Wireless Networks = Risk FTP – Use SFTP instead Email – Use SSL Ports 587,995,993 vs 25,110,143 Skype – Syncs history upon connect, never send secure passwords – EVER CPanel/WHM/Admin pages – if it is http not https, your password can be scraped
Keep your blog, plugins, themes, & operating system current – yes, even Linux Security and attacks improve over time 2005 – Admin operations required a referrer 2006 – Admin operations required a NONCE 2007 – Plugin pages forced to check security 2008 – Randomized keys and salts & upgrades 2009 – Security escalations issues – full review 2010 – Automated plugin and theme upgrades 2011 – Sniffing, upload, clickjacking, file cleanup
Every plugin or theme is a security risk “Free Theme” sites are a very high risk Less popular & highly specialized plugins have had less eyes on them and are riskier Older plugins used older security standards - we simply knew less and had fewer tools You are responsible for your site. Learn how to identify problems or make a friend who can.
Both files and database Keep the files offline If you have files online keep them out of public_html As important as having the backups… Know how to restore them! Before you restore – delete the files and directories to remove the hack files
How do you know you are hacked? Google will email you when they consider you a risk http://www.google.com/webmasters/ http://www.google.com/webmasters/checklist/ https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/reconsideration You can configure multiple owners
EVERYTHING that is displayed on the screen must be filtered. WordPress provides: esc_html esc_url esc_* http://codex.wordpress.org/Data_Validation EVERYTHING that you send to the database must be filtered. WordPress provides: $wpdb->prepare TRUST NOTHING Try to use your text instead of user input
Permissions - The 755 myth chmod -R 755 * Generic: Directories Should be 755 Files 644 Reality: The least privileges provides the most access VPS vs Shared Hosting vs Managed Hosting Flexibility, Access, Less risk = More $ Harden your own server or let someone do it suPHP – Isolates your installation
Create a “Editor” user for posting Create a new “Administrator”, delete the old one, then only use it for maintenance Never use wp_ as your table prefix Look at wp-config-sample.php now and then and update your wp-config.php Force Secure password logins http://codex.wordpress.org/Administration_Over_SSL
Move wp-config.php Remove version Info Rename the admin user Move your wp-content directory – Possibly worth doing but will break many plugins and themes Use .htaccess to white list IP addresses or add an extra password layer