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  • Resolved Puggy

    (@puggy)


    Hello,

    I’m trying out Defender and I’ve gone through all of the security tweaks it suggests. They all showed the notification saying that they were implemented successfully, but once the last one completes, two of them reappear in the list. They are “Prevent Information Disclosure” and “Prevent PHP execution”. Applying them again does the same thing – showing success then the list refreshes and they appear again.

    Both of these tweaks say they will add an htaccess file to the root, so I checked the file there. It contains a section for WordPress itself, and a section for the “Prevent Information Disclosure” tweak, and no sign of any content for the “Prevent PHP execution” tweak. I tried changing the file permissions (I had to do this for a couple of the other tweaks), but each time I try to apply the tweaks, they are switched back to 644.

    In case it matters, this is on a clean AWS EC2 instance, with the WordPress Multisite AMI by Bitnami. ( https://aws.amazon.com/marketplace/pp/B00NN8XE6S?qid=1504160453586 )

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  • Hello there Puggy,
    hope you’re doing good today! 🙂

    I tried to replicate this in a local Apache installation with no avail.

    Could you please make couple of checks for me?

    First, access your server via FTP and open wp-config.php file (should be placed in the root folder of the WP installation). Check if there’s anything like:

    define( 'FS_CHMOD_DIR', ( 0755 & ~ umask() ) );
    define( 'FS_CHMOD_FILE', ( 0644 & ~ umask() ) );

    that could mess with file permissions.
    Reference: https://codex.wordpress.org/Editing_wp-config.php#Override_of_default_file_permissions

    If this has no result, please perform a plugin/theme compatibility test to ensure that this isn’t happening due to some conflict.
    The following flow chart can help you narrow down the conflicted combination, if of course a state with only Defender plugin and a default theme like TwentySeventeen resolves these issues.
    https://premium.wpmudev.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Support-Process-Support-Process.gif

    Let us know about your results!

    Warm regards,
    Dimitris

    Puggy

    (@puggy)

    The wp-config.php doesn’t have either of those defines. Closest thing I found is ‘FS_METHOD’. There is no mention of CHMOD in it at all.

    I am already only running the Twenty Seventeen theme.

    I just went and disabled all plugins – in the network admin and both of my current subsites. Defender still does the same thing.

    By the way, this is with PHP version 7.0.18, and WordPress version 4.8.1

    Hello there Puggy,
    hope all is going well for you today! 🙂

    By the way, this is with PHP version 7.0.18, and WordPress version 4.8.1

    These seem fine, they shouldn’t cause any issue on this.

    The wp-config.php doesn’t have either of those defines. Closest thing I found is ‘FS_METHOD’. There is no mention of CHMOD in it at all.

    I haven’t used such stack, but it seems that it utilises some more security steps. FS_METHOD and some other definitions, can be used in wp-config.php file for cases that updates don’t work out-of-the-box. For more info on that, please refer in official doc page here:
    https://codex.wordpress.org/Editing_wp-config.php#WordPress_Upgrade_Constants

    As for the permission issue you’re dealing with .htaccess file, please advise the following links, which propose some techniques to surpass this.

    http://blog.david-jensen.com/wordpress-amazon-ec2-apache-permissions-wordpress/
    https://docs.bitnami.com/aws/apps/wordpress/#the-plugin-i-installed-is-not-working
    https://docs.bitnami.com/aws/apps/wordpress/#troubleshooting-262

    I’ve already pinged plugin’s lead dev on this, hopefully he’ll be able to provide some addition insights on this soon. 🙂

    Warm regards,
    Dimitris
    WPMU DEV – Support Hero

    Thank you for using Defender! I am going to close this topic for now. Let me know if you have any other questions and we can reopen the thread. Thanks!

    Hey there @puggy,

    Hope you are well today. The permissions 644 are for read and write, which are okay in this case. For “Prevent PHP execution”, the .htaccess should be in the wp-includes and wp-content directory. Could you check the permissions of these directories if they are writable only by applications running in the web server? For the rule “Prevent information disclosure” could you confirm if files served from the wp-content directory are using another web server other than Apache?

    Warm Regards
    Paul Kevin

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