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Re: [Full-disclosure] WordPress Community Vulnerable

From: Kradorex Xeron <admin_at_nospam>
Date: Thu May 24 2007 - 17:57:12 GMT
To: full-disclosure@lists.grok.org.uk

On Thursday 24 May 2007 12:57, Paul Schmehl wrote:
> --On Thursday, May 24, 2007 09:44:02 -0500 Steven Adair
> <steven@securityzone.org> wrote:
> > So do you think his two WordPress blogs (I am assuming here..looks a lot
> > like WP, but I'm not pounding out GET requests to verify) were included
> > in this "survey" that was done? I wonder if he's running a safe version?
> > And as mentioned in one of his blog comments, version reporting isn't
> > always reliable and patches that did not change the extractable version
> > number could have also been applied.
> >
> > In any event, I think WordPress has increasingly become more secure.
> > It's had a small rash of issues a few months back ranging from SQL
> > injection to someone actually backdooring the source, but it's grown up
> > quite a bit. I think someone would be hard pressed to actually come up
> > with the Month of Wordpress bugs. The majority of all other recently
> > reported issues have all from third party add-ons that aren't actually a
> > part of WordPress.
> Yes, but the point of his post isn't that *Wordpress* is insecure. It's
> that blog owners are not updating their software to maintain security.
> While anyone in IT would go "doh!", many in the "real" world might be
> surprised that the software has to be regularly updated and vigorously
> maintained to ensure ongoing security.

Probably because alot of the said blog owners that neglect upgrading are like any regular computer user, they just want something to work, and if it works, they assume it's okay, therefore, they ignore security upgrades since it would require additional work for something that is not visable to them, as they go by the premise, "if it has no new features, Why upgrade?"

We all know (at least I hope) that security upgrades are something worthwhile because we can see the difference (we can test the exploit on the new version to see if it's patched or nott), whereas a regular user would not.

> This isn't exactly news for us, but it may well be for the blogosphere in
> general.

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