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Google Search Console fail over notifications for the WordPress updates

I have quite a lot of WordPress based websites which I run and maintain. One of these is this blog: www.SorinMustaca.com All my WordPress websites are configured to autoupdate to the latest WordPress update. The same applies to their plugins and themes. Google Search Console (GSC) is a tool I used to manage better the registration of my websites with the search engine and their advertising platform Adsense. Yesterday evening I received a couple of emails, one for each of my websites registered with the GSC : Here is the text: Recommended WordPress update available for http://sorinmustaca.com/ To: Webmaster of…


Security release 4.2.4 for WordPress is available – update now

This release addresses six issues, including three cross-site scripting vulnerabilities and a potential SQL injection that could be used to compromise a site. Read more here: https://wordpress.org/news/2015/08/wordpress-4-2-4-security-and-maintenance-release/ WordPress 4.2.4 also fixes four bugs. For more information, see the release notes or consult the list of changes.   If you have your site already at WordPress 4.x and it is properly configured, you should only see this email in your inbox: Howdy! Your site at http://www.sorinmustaca.com has been updated automatically to WordPress 4.2.4. No further action is needed on your part. For more on version 4.2.4, see the About WordPress screen: http://www.sorinmustaca.com/wp-admin/about.php If you experience any issues…


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How much is a blog instance worth?

I wrote in the post  Do you really know who’s visiting your website? about how often hackers probe my websites. IT Security News has of today this: 5,914 blocked malicious login attempts / was 2092 on May 8th 2,182 spam comments blocked by Akismet. / was 2115 on May 8th The login attempts more than doubled in just 5 weeks. Of course, they are all automated attacks, so we can’t really speak of an effort from anyone’s site.   Why ? If a hacker “owns” a website he is able to do a few things:  Change content and possible deliver malware to your readers Host individual “sub-pages”…




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WordPress 4.0.1 update – important security fixes

All my blogs use WordPress. Why WordPress ? Because it is customizable and I can tweak it in any way I want… Well, almost… But from time to time there is the need to update it. Yesterday the update 4.0.1 was release which fixes important security bugs: Three cross-site scripting issues that a contributor or author could use to compromise a site A cross-site request forgery that could be used to trick a user into changing their password. An issue that could lead to a denial of service when passwords are checked. Additional protections for server-side request forgery attacks when WordPress makes HTTP…


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