One of the most dangerous concerns one could find is malware on a server. Malware can appear on websites produced through any CMS including WordPress. A malware developer can create a code that targets a specific website, or an entire CMS. It can ruin how a site works, and it can be quite difficult to remove. This is why it’s critical it’s eradicated, so it doesn’t have a chance to work it’s way onto a server and infect other websites.
A common example of this would be a vulnerable bit of code allowing an attacker to add a pop up that makes it look like the user was temporarily logged out and needs to log back in. They’re still actually logged in, but they see the popup on the page, and they’ve not left the site or seen anything suspicious, so they “login” again. As a result, their credentials are sent to an attacker. The attacker does not have control over the website, but control over the appearance of the site to the end-user (visitor).
While hackers prefer to attack vulnerable websites that are outdated, malware shows no prejudice and can appear on any website or server – even ones using the most updated versions of WordPress or any other CMS.
Just a few things that could occur include:
Another reason malware on a server is dangerous is that it isn’t obvious it’s there and it’s sometimes a significant challenge to remove as a result. That’s why your best defense is a good offense. Enter Patchman – the tool you need to patch up vulnerable websites. While it doesn’t clean up malware, patching these vulnerabilities can often help prevent the elements that would otherwise lead to malware.
The example we often use is a house in the middle of a dust storm. The house is the website, and the dust is the malware. The windows and doors are the vulnerable entry points for malware (dust). Patchman is essentially going through the house and shutting all the doors and windows that shouldn’t be open so there is a significantly smaller chance for the dust to get in.
When you use Patchman, you can ensure Linux server security thereby protecting any website owners utilizing your servers as well. Learn more about what Patchman can do for you, and all of its features by visiting its website.