Tag: wordpress

A WordPress die(md5()) exploit?

There have been periodic requests logged in this site’s HTTP access logs that request a PHP page (usually simply index.php) and attempt to pass parameters like “die(md5(34563))” or “die(pi()*42)”. These extra parameters don’t seem to have any effect on the site, but I’m still curious about what the intent of these requests might be.

Fixing WordPress 404 Not Found Errors When Using Permalinks

I was setting up a new install of WordPress recently, running locally on my laptop. After a while I started getting “404 Not Found” errors on opening any individual page on my new WordPress site: I couldn’t open posts or static pages and had no access on tag or category links.

Developing a Minimum Viable WordPress Plugin

What is the minimum amount of coding required to create a new plugin that shows up in the WordPress dashboard? How much code has to be written to get the plugin to do something minimally interesting? It’s really pretty easy to create a minimal WordPress plugin to experiment with. Simply create a .php file under

Bad Passwords Seen in the Wild

I noticed another “brute force” attack on my site recently, trying username and password combinations repeatedly to try to break in. There were 130 attempts made, starting November 27th and continuing through the 30th. The username used in these attempts was always “admin”; 116 unique passwords were tried with it. [Update, February 2018: in a