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Can Plugins or outdated WPThemes let in viruses?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by halifax123, Feb 2, 2012.

  1. halifax123

    halifax123 Power Member

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    Hey roomies,

    I'm running the most current version of WP 3.3.1
    I have heard that just downloading a plugin into your dashboard - can let in a virus?

    I saw an rss feed plugin that I wanted to use (free version) but it hadn't been updated since 2010 - so I didn't

    I run (free) themes through kapersky before uploading
    and use TAC in plugins...

    I also use "Genesis" as the framework for one of my themes - its
    asking me to update to the latest Genesis version - virus risk if I don't?

    What should I be doing anything else to protect myself?
    (I use HG shared)

    (Geeeezz! Do I have to shove a cork up my ass, just to prevent things from getting in!)

    Hali~:)
     
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  2. phpbuilt

    phpbuilt Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    Yes. Off the top of my head, timthumbs had many thousands of sites infected in the recent past (it allowed attackers to inject links into your site). Anything that doesn't get supported you should be leery of.

    By the way, tons and tons of templates were created using timthumbs as a component. So you could be using timthumbs and not even know it (if you're using an old wordpress theme). Its not just that you had to go out of your way to install timthumbs ... it is just there if that is something the template maker used. You wouldn't even know it until your site is infected.
     
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  3. markhenry121

    markhenry121 Elite Member

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    Yes may be your site infected badly and if you want to do only on that then install good antivirus which will protect effectively.