Last Updated: 2014-06-19 16:35:55 UTC
by Tony Carothers (Version: 1)
The state of the systems we use in our day to day lives, typically outside our place of business, is ours to use and abuse as we see fit. As such, we are also responsible for the security of said systems, and one of the oft overlooked is WordPress. The WordPress application is used by many SOHO users, and is as vulnerable to attack as anything out there today. WordPress can be be secured, and with a bit of effort and guidance, fairly easily. The WordPress.Org site has a great hardening guide for WordPress that covers most of the aspects of security and bringing it to their application. http://codex.wordpress.org/Hardening_WordPress
If the instance of WordPress is running on a shared server, as most are, then working with the local hosting company may be necessary if they are behind on patching, updating, etc. If their host is compromised, then everything you do for your instance of WordPress can be easily undermined at the OS level. If you choose to use tools, such as Metasploit or ZAP to test your application, ensure it is done within the confines of the User Agreement in place for your hosting site.
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