WordPress, an open source blogging and CMS platform. It powers more than 25% of the websites on the internet, which means around 700 million websites. So whenever there is a WordPress vulnerability, malicious hackers use open source tools such as WPScan, or build automated CMS vulnerability scanners & scanning scripts that use the WPScan vulnerability database to scan large number of websites and hack them if they are vulnerable.
The WordPress security core team is continually focused on improving the web application and remediating security issues that arise in its code. However, unless you are running your site on the latest version of the platform, which includes all the recently-released security patches, your WordPress site may be vulnerable to outside threats and vulnerabilities listed in the OWASP Top 10 list of most critical web security flaws.
According to a recent report, of the nearly 4,000 known WordPress vulnerabilities, 52% of them are in WordPress plugins, 37% in the WordPress core, and 11% in WordPress themes. The common denominator is WordPress. Given its ubiquity, and the fact that many WordPress website owners fail to keep it up to date, it makes sense that it is a common hacker target. But what is the best way to address these vulnerabilities and ensure your WordPress site is secure, especially if you have customizations?
HTTPS (SSL and TLS) does not help you protect your website. You need to use a robust web security scanner such as Netsparker.
First and foremost, Netsparker has a dedicated WordPress vulnerability database with WordPress security checks. So when it identifies a WordPress installation on a target, as a WordPress security scanner it checks it for security vulnerabilities and common security misconfigurations. For example it checks the WordPress version, it checks for directory indexing of common WordPress website directories such as wp-content and wp-admin, it checks for vulnerable themes, vulnerable plugins etc. Netsparker also scans the web server for misconfigurations, to ensure there are no security holes.
Netsparker is an easy to use web application security scanner and it exclusively uses the Proof-Based ScanningTM Technology. This means that it is able to verify all the identified web application vulnerabilities and will generate a Proof of Exploit, to prove that the security scan results are dead accurate and no false positives are reported. The primary value of this feature is that it frees you up from having to manually check the reported security vulnerabilities--thus saving the time and energy of your IT team, which can instead be directed elsewhere such as toward risk mitigation or issue remediation.
Further, the Netsparker Hawk vulnerability testing infrastructure identifies complex vulnerabilities like Out-of-Band SQL-injection, Server-side Request Forgery (SSRF), and Blind Cross-site scripting (XSS) testing, which even seasoned penetration testers fail to identify them most of the time. Though many of these are common security issues, they are still very much active security risks. Because of that, you need a web application scanner that is able to scan your WordPress sites thoroughly to identify security vulnerabilities, and vulnerable plugins, so you can proactively prevent malicious attacks. Netsparker is able to integrate easily with other security tools in the SDLC and offers you world class support, at no additional charge.
In order to avoid having your WordPress site hacked, you need to first check scan it for vulnerabilities. Netsparker can help. Our scanner will identify and enumerate web vulnerabilities and provide you with reporting tools that can support your remediation plans.Try a free demo of our security scanner now and scan for thousands of website vulnerabilities with our fully scalable tool. See why our clients across all industries trust Netsparker to keep them informed of any potential vulnerabilities that could be exploited. Let us help you keep your web assets secure so you can guarantee your users a safe browsing experience.