[resolved] WP API keys: does it now generate just 4 values? (4 posts)

  1. Alvaro Degives-Mas
    Posted 5 years ago #

    I hope this is the correct forum for my question, so here goes: since the late WP2.x series, the v1.1 API key generator randomly creates a series of four keys (AUTH_KEY, SECURE_AUTH_KEY, LOGGED_IN_KEY, and NONCE_KEY) and four salt values (AUTH_SALT, SECURE_AUTH_SALT, LOGGED_IN_SALT, and NONCE_SALT).

    However, it seems recently the generator is back to generating "just" four, and not the eight (if I remember correctly) that it used to create. The questions are:

    • Is there a particular reason for that reduction to the four keys originally introduced in WP2.6?
    • Are the four salt values redundant, i.e. does it matter to have them defined at all with randomized string values?

    Thanks in advance for the clarification!

  2. http://api.wordpress.org/secret-key/1.1/salt lists all four pairs (the keys and the salts)

  3. Alvaro Degives-Mas
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Ugh... That's what I get for recycling an old wp-config through successive updates! Thanks Ipstenu, you're absolutely right, it's PEBCAK as I didn't include the /salt bit to the link in the comment. All good now.

  4. It's an easy mistake to make ;) Your wp-config-sample.php has the right URL.

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