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  • Moderator bcworkz

    (@bcworkz)

    There is nothing you can do to actually stop meaningless requests. You could use mod_rewrite to return a 403 error or something, but by doing nothing your server would just return a 404 error, so there is little to gain by rewriting. Regardless of what you do, the requests will still come, they are never stopped.

    It doesn’t return a 404, but it displays code and possibly this is an exploit or security risk ??

    Here is what this does – http://example.com/?rest_route=%2Foembed%2F1.0%2Fembed&url=http%3A%2F%2Fexample.com%2F%3Fp%3D73

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    {"version":"1.0","provider_name":"Provider ....","provider_url":"http:\/\/example.com","author_name":"****","author_url":"http:\/\/example.com\/?author=1","title":"**","type":"rich","width":600,"height":338,"html":"
    <blockquote><a href="http:\/\/example.com\/?p=73">****<\/a><\/blockquote>\n<script type='text\/javascript'>\n<!--\/\/--><![CDATA[\/\/><!--\n\t\t!function(a,b){\"use strict\";function c(){if(!e){e=!0;var a,c,d,f,g=-1!==navigator.appVersion.indexOf(\"MSIE 10\"),h=!!navigator.userAgent.match(\/Trident.*rv:11\\.\/),i=b.querySelectorAll(\"iframe.wp-embedded-content\"),j=b.querySelectorAll(\"blockquote.wp-embedded-content\");for(c=0;c<j.length;c++)j[c].style.display=\"none\";for(c=0;c<i.length;c++)if(d=i[c],d.style.display=\"\",!d.getAttribute(\"data-secret\")){if(f=Math.random().toString(36).substr(2,10),d.src+=\"#?secret=\"+f,d.setAttribute(\"data-secret\",f),g||h)a=d.cloneNode(!0),a.removeAttribute(\"security\"),d.parentNode.replaceChild(a,d)}else;}}var d=!1,e=!1;if(b.querySelector)if(a.addEventListener)d=!0;if(a.wp=a.wp||{},!a.wp.receiveEmbedMessage)if(a.wp.receiveEmbedMessage=function(c){var d=c.data;if(d.secret||d.message||d.value)if(!\/[^a-zA-Z0-9]\/.test(d.secret)){var e,f,g,h,i,j=b.querySelectorAll('iframe[data-secret=\"'+d.secret+'\"]'),k=b.querySelectorAll('blockquote[data-secret=\"'+d.secret+'\"]');for(e=0;e<k.length;e++)k[e].style.display=\"none\";for(e=0;e<j.length;e++)if(f=j[e],c.source===f.contentWindow){if(f.style.display=\"\",\"height\"===d.message){if(g=parseInt(d.value,10),g>1e3)g=1e3;else if(200>~~g)g=200;f.height=g}if(\"link\"===d.message)if(h=b.createElement(\"a\"),i=b.createElement(\"a\"),h.href=f.getAttribute(\"src\"),i.href=d.value,i.host===h.host)if(b.activeElement===f)a.top.location.href=d.value}else;}},d)a.addEventListener(\"message\",a.wp.receiveEmbedMessage,!1),b.addEventListener(\"DOMContentLoaded\",c,!1),a.addEventListener(\"load\",c,!1)}(window,document);\n\/\/--><!]]>\n<\/script><iframe sandbox=\"allow-scripts\" security=\"restricted\" src=\"http:\/\/example.com\/?p=73&embed=true\" width=\"600\" height=\"338\" title=\"Embedded WordPress Post\" frameborder=\"0\" marginwidth=\"0\" marginheight=\"0\" scrolling=\"no\" class=\"wp-embedded-content\"><\/iframe>"}
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    Moderator James Huff

    (@macmanx)

    Volunteer Moderator

    That’s just oEmbed data, not a security risk. It tells the requesting site exactly what to embed with regards to your post, just like when insert a YouTube URL into your posts.

    For details, see https://make.wordpress.org/core/2015/10/28/new-embeds-feature-in-wordpress-4-4/

    It’s not a hack it’s a WordPress 4.4 feature to add REST API functionality for WordPress. However If you are sure that you will not use this functionality you can disable it by using this plugin
    Disable JSON API. Just install the plugin and It will take care of your problem.

    Moderator James Huff

    (@macmanx)

    Volunteer Moderator

    There’s also https://wordpress.org/plugins/disable-embeds/ if you like having choices. 🙂

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