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URGENT: If Your WordPress Blog is Acting Strangely, Follow These Steps

I checked my blog and the URLs looked malformed, with the following structure: http://www.whoisandrewwee.com/2009/09/03/unlocking-unconventional-traffic-sources-for-affiliate-campaigns/%&(%7B$%7Beval(base64_decode($_SERVER%5BHTTP_REFERER%5D))%7D%7D|.+)&%/#comment-506929

If you notice something similar or weird with your WordPress blog, you might want to take the following steps:

  • Check the “users” tab from the WP admin interface
  • Remove any unfamiliar users, esp those marked as “administrator”
  • To prevent users from registering, I’d go as far as to remove wp-register.php (keep a backup and FTP it back in if you have problems)
  • Check all of WordPress’ PHP scripts, remove global “execute” privileges

Once you’ve secured the perimeter, look at the “Settings” and “permalinks” tab.

If you see some weird stuff like “%&(%7B$%7Beval(base64_decode($_SERVER%5BHTTP_REFERER%5D))%7D%7D|.+)&%/#comment-506929″, you’d want to clear that, and replace it with your original permalink structure, or look it up on the WordPress codex.

You can also check out this other blog post for more details.

Note: this issue seems to be affecting WordPress 2.6.x. Not sure to what extent it’s affecting version 2.8.x.

UPDATE: Matt Mullenweg from the WordPress development team has posted about the security issues if you’re using an older version of WordPress. Here’s a WP support forum write up about what might be happening.

You might want to upgrade to a newer version of WordPress. Just take note that some of your plugins/themes might not work if the developer hasn’t updated the plugin for compliance with the newest version.

23 comments on URGENT: If Your WordPress Blog is Acting Strangely, Follow These Steps

  1. BrianB
    September 5, 2009 at 3:22 am (5 years ago)

    We got it, too. Is this a world wide problem? I googled the change script and it seems a few similar problems have popped out recently.

  2. Andrea_R
    September 5, 2009 at 4:00 am (5 years ago)

    Thanks for this post – we’ve seen it three times today, not sure what versions were running.

  3. mougela
    September 5, 2009 at 4:35 am (5 years ago)

    Thank you, it helped me tonight !! :)

  4. Mr Woc
    September 5, 2009 at 5:09 am (5 years ago)

    Hi there

    Many thanks for this information, I was at my wits end trying to resolve this lol, I think mine occured because of installing the seo plugin pack, but doing what you said on this post worked fine !

    Woc

  5. Edward Mills
    September 5, 2009 at 5:37 am (5 years ago)

    They got me. Thanks for the info on how to clean it up. Wasn’t as cut and dried as you made it sound… had some trouble with my htaccess file. But it’s all good now!

  6. KirstyM
    September 5, 2009 at 6:12 am (5 years ago)

    Thanks so much Andrew, my blog was also similarly affected and I’ve followed your instructions to fix the issue. I’d have been completely stumped without this post.

    Wonder if they’re targeting online marketers, the rotters?!

  7. KirstyM
    September 5, 2009 at 7:20 am (5 years ago)

    Andrew – a colleague also affected has just told me that most people affected will also have had a new admin inserted directly into their SQL database that doesn’t show up in WordPress interface.

    I found this had been placed into my SQL db, it has obviously been stored for later foul internet deeds to be performed…

  8. Andrew Wee
    September 5, 2009 at 8:49 am (5 years ago)

    Hi Kirsty,
    Thanks for that. I’ll drop a note to my server admin.

    For those who’re using fantastico/cPanel, it should be an easy fix from the “mySQL database” or “phpMyAdmin” consoles.

  9. Luke Rumley
    September 5, 2009 at 1:28 pm (5 years ago)

    Lots more going on beneath the surface! Permalinks and hidden admin users! This blog post worked for me to clean house: http://blog.nachotech.com/?p=125

    I also renamed my xmlrpc.php and wp-register.php files as a stop-gap solution. It seems 2.8.4 blogs are safe so far. I am guessing 2.8.5 will be out ASAP to correct this is 2.8.4 doesn’t.

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    September 5, 2009 at 1:43 pm (5 years ago)

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  11. Machja
    January 5, 2010 at 5:26 am (5 years ago)

    Thanks for your post! I just had the problem. :(

  12. Dire
    May 26, 2010 at 6:37 am (4 years ago)

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