Update Unique Keys

Description

In an effort to help make WordPress installations more secure, this plugin will use the WordPress hosted Unique Key generator to update the wp-config.php file with the following keys/salts:

  • AUTH_KEY
  • SECURE_AUTH_KEY
  • LOGGED_IN_KEY
  • NONCE_KEY
  • AUTH_SALT
  • SECURE_AUTH_SALT
  • LOGGED_IN_SALT
  • NONCE_SALT

If the wp-config.php file is not writable, then the plugin will show the key / salt values on the plugin options page so the admin can then manually update the wp-config.php file.

Screenshots

  • Output when wp-config.php is not writeable.
  • Output when successful.

Installation

Note: As is the case when installing any new plugin, it’s always a good idea to backup your blog data before installing.

  1. After downloading the Update Unique Keys plugin, unpack and upload the file to the wp-content/plugins folder on your blog. Make sure to leave the directory structure of the archive intact so that all of the Update Unique Keys files are located in ‘wp-content/plugins/updateuniquekeys/’
  2. You will need to activate the Update Unique Keys plugin in order to update your wp-config.php file. Go to the Plugins tab and find Update Unique Keys in the list and click Activate.
  3. After activating proceed to the plugin settings page (under Settings > Update Unique Keys) to update your keys and wp-config.php file.
  4. You will be automatically logged out, due to the keys changing, simply re-login with the same username and password.

FAQ

Does this plugin mess up my wp-config.php file?

No, every other line does not get touched.

What if my wp-config.php file is not-writable?

The plugin will display the values for you to manually update the wp-config.php file, using FTP or whatever method is allowed by your webhost.

What if the keys are already generated and I run this plugin?

The plugin will generate a new set of keys. The only thing it does is log you out temporarily. By updating the keys on occassion, provides more security for WordPress.

Contributors & Developers

“Update Unique Keys” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.

Contributors

Changelog

1.0.0.

  • Original Release.

1.0.1

  • Fix file include error

1.0.2

  • Correctly tagging file versions
  • Added more FAQ

1.0.3

  • Correctly tagging file versions

1.0.4

  • Cleaned up variables and class, make it not possible for namespace collisions with other plugins
  • Added security, including administrator level user check and is_admin check

1.0.5

  • Added localization
  • Cleaned up admin dash panel

1.0.6

  • no functional changes
  • changed links in admin options panel

1.0.7

  • no functional changes
  • verified works in 3.0

1.0.8

  • moved pulling keys from wordpress.org to update function
  • to prevent site timeout if wordpress.org is timing out

1.0.9

  • supporting up to WordPress 3.9

1.0.10

  • supporting up to WordPress 4.5.3