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xml rpc as referrer (4 posts)

  1. Roy
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    My girlfriend was just looking at her stats and noticed a referrer she didn't know: /xml-rpc, not really a referrer! The strange thing is that /xml-rpc is also on top of the list with files use by kbyte. She's on 2.6.2 and has xml-rpc publishing disabled.

    Is this some kind of hack attempt with an old WP vulnerability? I don't like either note in her stats (referrer?, largest file?).

    Any ideas anyone?

  2. Samuel Wood (Otto)
    Tech Ninja
    Posted 5 years ago #

    It probably is somebody trying to exploit older vulnerabilities. Could also be attempts to send pingback spam.

  3. Roy
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Ok. I guess Bad Behavior will catch all/most of those. I'll have a look at some server logs to see if I see anything fishy. That'll be tomorrow though. Thanks for your reply.

  4. Roy
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Hm (couldn't resist). Bad Behavior doesn't block much, 2 access attempts in the last 7 days. Pingbacks are disallowed. No comments in moderation.
    So I suppose it'll be just futile automatic attempts.

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