security

WordPress security for the casual blogger or small business with limited resources

The resources you have available to spend on WordPress security for your website usually vary vastly whether you’re an international corporation or just a hobbyist blogger. But since most attacks are automated by bots looking for vulnerabilities, a lot of the threats are the same. Here are some WordPress security measures that bloggers and small …

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Secure email: Encrypt and sign your emails with PGP/GnuPG

Email is fundamentally insecure. There are such a plethora of issues with it, it is crazy to think about the kind of information sent with it. It is probably even crazier when you realize we’ve had a solution for sending secure email since 1991.

How CloudFlare handled CloudBleed

Tavis Ormandy from Google’s Project Zero contacted Cloudflare to report a security problem with their service. It turned out that in some unusual circumstances, they would bleed memory that contained private information.

Encrypt and decrypt a file using SSH keys

If you have someone’s public SSH key, you can use OpenSSL to safely encrypt a file and send it to them over an insecure connection (i.e. the internet). They can then use their private key to decrypt the file you sent.

SVG uploads in WordPress (the Inconvenient Truth)

Enabling uploads of SVG files in WordPress is quite easy, and there is a tonne of posts on the Interwebs explaining how you do it. Usually along the lines of: function add_svg_to_upload_mimes( $upload_mimes ) { $upload_mimes[‘svg’] = ‘image/svg+xml’; $upload_mimes[‘svgz’] = ‘image/svg+xml’; return $upload_mimes; } add_filter( ‘upload_mimes’, ‘add_svg_to_upload_mimes’, 10, 1 ); And that’s pretty much it. …

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