Open source content management systems (CMS) like WordPress, Joomla! and Drupal have become some of the most popular open-source platforms for creating websites. So much in fact, that over 25 percent of the entire internet is powered on WordPress.
Platforms like WordPress are free and have a huge community of users and developers, providing a vast ecosystem themes and plugins. Unfortunately, since they’re so popular, open source platforms are often a large target for hackers and since much of the platform is developed by volunteers, code vulnerabilities may exist.
As a result, there have been several huge WordPress vulnerabilities within the last few months alone, such as Genericon XSS and the WordPress 4.2 XSS vulnerability.
Fortunately, there are several things you can do to mitigate a cyber attack on your open source platform-hosted website, such as making sure installations, plugins and themes are fully updated. For more essential tips to secure your website, take a look at this blog post on Developer Drive written by Neill Feather, President of SiteLock.