WordPress is the most widely used Content Management System (CMS) globally, powering over 40% of the websites on the internet. However, its popularity and versatility make it a prime target for cyberattacks. In this blog, we will discuss the various cybersecurity concerns in WordPress and compare them with Drupal, another popular CMS.

Case Studies

Brute-force attacks
Brute-force attacks are a common issue in WordPress. In a brute-force attack, an attacker uses automated software to repeatedly attempt to log into a website using different username and password combinations. In 2017, WordPress sites faced a massive brute-force attack where over 90,000 IP addresses were involved. To prevent brute-force attacks, it is advisable to install plugins like Limit Login Attempts, which limits the number of login attempts and blocks IPs after a specified number of failed attempts.

Malicious Plugins
Plugins are one of the primary ways attackers compromise WordPress websites. In 2018, a plugin named WP-EasyCart was discovered to have a vulnerability that allowed attackers to inject malicious code into the site. To prevent this, it is advisable to always download plugins from the official WordPress repository and to keep them updated.

Cross-Site Scripting (XSS)
Cross-Site Scripting is a type of attack that injects malicious code into a website. In 2015, a critical XSS vulnerability was discovered in the WordPress core that allowed attackers to inject malicious code into the site and steal sensitive information. To prevent XSS attacks, it is advisable to always keep the WordPress core and plugins updated.

Comparison with Drupal

Vulnerability to attacks
WordPress sites are more vulnerable to attacks compared to Drupal sites. This is due to the large number of WordPress sites, making them a more attractive target for attackers. Drupal, on the other hand, has a smaller market share, making it less of a target.

Security patches
Drupal releases security patches much faster compared to WordPress. This is due to the way Drupal’s security team operates, allowing them to respond to security threats more quickly.

Core vulnerabilities
Drupal has fewer core vulnerabilities compared to WordPress. This is due to Drupal’s more complex and secure codebase, which is less susceptible to security threats.

In conclusion, while both WordPress and Drupal have their own set of cybersecurity concerns, it’s essential to understand the difference between them and to implement the necessary measures to protect your website. Keeping the WordPress core and plugins updated, using strong passwords, and installing security plugins are some of the steps that can help secure your WordPress site. Similarly, for Drupal, keeping the core and modules updated and using a secure hosting environment can help reduce the risk of security threats.